Los Alamos National Laboratory hires state firm for waste staging facility

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By The Staff

Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected an Albuquerque small business, Weidlinger-Navarro Northern New Mexico Joint Venture, to perform architectural and engineering work for the Lab’s new transuranic (TRU) waste staging facility.
The approximately $5 million task order is expected to run through October 2012.
Weidlinger-Navarro will support the preliminary and final design phases of the 5-acre complex, where waste containers will be staged, characterized, and certified prior to shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) repository near Carlsbad.
TRU waste, which by law must go to WIPP, contains items such as gloves, clothing, and lab equipment contaminated with elements heavier than uranium and above certain quantities.
The new facility would replace a number of buildings and fabric domes at LANL’s Technical Area 54. That area must be closed and remediated under the Consent Order agreement with the state of New Mexico.
“The Lab is committed to closing Technical Area 54, but we’ll need a facility to safely continue some of that work,” said Craig Leasure, deputy principal associate director of LANL’s Weapons Program.
“This contract brings us closer to having a safer and more efficient facility.”

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