DOE selects AECOM-led JV for Central Plateau Cleanup Contract in Washington

Mott MacDonald 18 Dec 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Central Plateau Cleanup Company, an AECOM-led joint venture with Fluor and Atkins, for the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract (CPCC) at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington.

DOE stated that the master indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $10bn for a period of 10 years and includes a 60-day transition period.

AECOM Management Services group president John Vollmer said: “This award reflects the tremendous team we have established to safely execute the cleanup work at Hanford and we are excited to continue our partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“As a leader in the government and commercial D&D business, this contract allows us to continue growth in an increasingly important market for our company.”

The AECOM-led team will offer services for a safe, compliant and cost-effective transition from the Plateau Remediation Contract (PRC) to the CPCC, management of site safe and compliant base operations for the US Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (RL) cleanup facilities.

The company will also perform deactivation, decommissioning, decontamination and demolition (D4) of facilities and waste sites remediation, management of waste retrieval, treatment, storage and disposal, preparation of Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) decision documents to support cleanup actions associated with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order and core business functions to support the efforts.

The Central Plateau Cleanup Company is touted to have the depth and breadth of three nuclear industry companies AECOM, Fluor and Atkins, making it one of the largest and the most experienced nuclear end state delivery team in the US DOE complex.

With over 100 years of combined nuclear experience, the three companies claim to have decommissioned 1,179 facilities and dispositioned high amounts of nuclear waste.

AECOM executive vice president and Nuclear & Environment strategic business unit general manager Mark Whitney said: “We appreciate the Department of Energy’s trust in awarding this contract to the Central Plateau Cleanup Company.

“We welcome the opportunity to continue our successful cleanup efforts in the DOE complex and reduce the environmental risk for the Tri City communities in Washington State.”

Hanford Site's was established in 1943, with an original mission to produce plutonium for national defence. Operations to make the raw materials for nuclear weapons continued till the late 1980s. In 1989, the mission of Hanford was shifted from producing weapons materials to waste management and environmental cleanup.

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Image: Hanford’s 580-square mile site in Washington state. Photo: Courtesy of Fluor.

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