N3B completes important contract phase

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By Tris DeRoma

The company hired by the Energy Department to clean up legacy waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory said it is now ready to begin what it was hired to do.

Tuesday, the contractor, N3B, announced that it had finished with the contract’s transition phase.

Since December, N3B was busy coordinating with the Department of Energy, inspecting cleanup areas, establishing security and safety protocols and hiring workers as part of the transition phase.

The Department of Energy hired contractor N3B to clean up waste generated by the laboratory through 1999 in December 2017. N3B has hired 310 people for the $1.39 billion cleanup contract.

Over 230 of those workers have already been working on legacy cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory or have had prior work experience at LANL.

“We put together a great team, with a vast amount of experience in cleanup from around the DOE complex,” said Nick Lombardo, N3B president and program manager. “We bring that nationwide knowledge to bear at LANL. I am proud of my management team for the work they have done to get us to this point and ready to start the important work of EM-LA (Environmental Management field office).”

Lombardo also appreciated the help N3B received from the LANL contractor that runs the lab, Los Alamos National Security.

“We appreciate all of the coordination that LANS (Los Alamos National Security) has provided. We are pleased that so many people have chosen to join our team – either directly with N3B, or with our critical subcontractors Tech2 Solutions and Longenecker & Associates, and the other local subcontractors. Our team is ready to go, to take up the important work of cleanup at LANL,” Lombardo said.

N3B is the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s first contract hired to focus solely on cleaning up toxic waste generated by lab. The Department of Energy decided to separate the legacy cleanup work from LANS’ management and operations contract so Los Alamos National Security can focus on helping Los Alamos National Laboratory focus on its core mission of maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

In February 2014, the Department of Energy decided to split off legacy waste clean up from the Los Alamos National Security contract after a drum containing a combustible mixture of waste, shipped from the Los Alamos National Laboratory burst inside an underground waste storage facility in Carlsbad.

The incident sprayed radioactive waste everywhere inside the facility, effectively shutting it down for three years.
N3B is the first contractor hired to take on the waste operations after winning the $1.39 billion, five-year contract in December. The contract comes with an additional five years in two options to renew.