LATA wins contract awards

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By Special to the Monitor

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a small-business contract to LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC April 22, worth approximately $285 million to continue the environmental remediation project at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky. Following a 90-day transition period, LATA will assume responsibility for the remediation contract on or about July 21.  

LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC is wholly owned by Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. Founded in New Mexico in 1976, Los Alamos Technical Associates provides technical and project management services federal agencies, state governments, municipalities, and a broad range of private sector industrial clients. As a diversified engineering, environmental, and technical services company LATA’s core capabilities are focused in four primary service areas:

• Nuclear project management, including facility operations and maintenance, remediation, D&D, waste management, and project services for the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other federal clients, and DOE prime contractors.

• Environmental services, including complex environmental restoration projects encompassing contaminated soils and groundwater remediation, remedial investigations, environmental analyses, time critical removal actions, groundwater modeling, design and operation of remediation systems, remote system operation, system optimization and long term site management.  

• Engineering, including the development of innovative solutions for complex engineering challenges associated with environmental remediation, nuclear facility operations and D&D, industrial process engineering and control, energy management, renewal energy systems, design of critical security systems, and delivery of integrated IT and communication services.

• Defense and Security, where LATA supports U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, and other federal agency programs worldwide.

“We are honored to be selected as the next Paducah site remediation contractor and will bring to Paducah the programs, approaches, and attention to safety and conduct of operations that has earned DOE considerable success over the last six years at Portsmouth,” said Los Alamos Technical Associates President Robert Kingsbury.

LATA assembled a team of subcontractors to support its Paducah project including:

• The S.M. Stoller Corporation (Stoller), an industry leader in environmental remediation and landfill design and operations.

• B&W Technical Services Group, the nation’s leader in nuclear facility operations.

• Diversified Management Consultants (DMC), a locally based resource for senior technical and management talent at Paducah.

• Geosyntec, a recognized leader in disposal cell design and groundwater modeling.  

LATA will also be supported by Kenvirons, Inc., MHF Packaging Solutions, and Focus Management, Inc.

Barbara Mazurowski will serve as LATA’s project manager. She has a long history of success in DOE efforts at Rocky Flats, West Valley and DOE’s Legacy Management Program. Mazurowski said of this contract award, “I am proud to lead the team that has been selected by the Department of Energy to lead the next era of remediation activity at the Paducah site. It is a privilege for me to be associated with the excellent group of individuals and companies we have assembled for this effort, and a source of pride to know that I will shortly be joining such a skilled and capable workforce.”

Under the five-year contract, LATA will be responsible for completing:

• Groundwater removal and treatment;

• Containment of the site’s burial ground materials;

• Inactive facilities disposition;

• Surface soil removal, treatment, and containment;

• Surface water treatment and sediment removal;

• Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) disposal;

• Environmental monitoring and reporting and

• Waste disposal and project support.

Paducah is a DOE-managed, contractor-operated, environmental remediation project located on a federal reservation in western Kentucky. The site is approximately eight miles west of the City of Paducah, and 3.5 miles south of the Ohio River. Over the past five years, LATA has performed over $400 million in services under its remediation contract at Paducah’s sister site, the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, in Piketon, Ohio.  

This award follows closely on the heels the announcement in April that DOE had issued a task order to LATA Sharp Remediation Services, LLC (LSRS), another LATA subsidiary, for demolition and disposition of Building K-33, located in the Oak Ridge Reservation’s East Tennessee Technology Park.  The firm fixed price task order with a value of nearly $52 million was issued under the DOE’s Environmental Management Nationwide Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity Multiple Award Contract.  LATA’s subcontractors on this project include the Fluor Government Group, EnergySolutions, and Tetra Tech. The project is being performed with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Considered to be the largest area under a single roof when it was built in 1958, Building K-33 covers 64 acres of floor space on two levels.