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  • djhmk2 djhmk2 Apr 3, 2013 12:04 PM Flag

    Has PESI bid on the Hanford clean up?

    Anyone know?

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    • I don't think we're at the point where bids are being requested. Things have to be worked out with WIPP and DOE etc., but here is an encouraging bit of news from Tri-City Herald:

      "The overall budget proposal is about $2.2 billion, about the same as the site's budget in 2012. The budget for the current fiscal year is based on a continuing resolution that continues fiscal 2012 budget amounts, but with a reduction for sequestration.

      To increase spending at the tank farms and Plutonium Finishing Plant, the proposed budget for other work was reduced, including money for the vitrification plant and for cleaning up contaminated groundwater.

      At the tank farms, spending would be increased from $442 million in fiscal 2012 to $520 million for fiscal 2014.

      The money would be used to complete retrieval of radioactive waste from the 16 underground tanks in the group called C Tank Farm. The tanks are required to be emptied to regulatory standards in fiscal 2014 to meet a court-enforced consent decree.

      Money also would be used to start work to retrieve waste from tanks that DOE wants to classify as transuranic waste to allow it to be sent to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a national repository in New Mexico, rather than sending it to the vitrification plant as high-level radioactive waste once the plant begins operating.

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      • more from article:

        DOE has six tanks newly discovered to be leaking waste into the ground and believes five of them could be classified as transuranic waste -- a plan that would require New Mexico to modify the repository permit before the waste could be shipped.

        The proposed budget also would include completion of a report on possible supplemental technologies to treat tank waste that the vitrification plant, as designed, will not be able to vitrify in a reasonable time.

        DOE has said that supplemental technologies could save money, but regulators are skeptical that technologies adequately would protect the environment after treated low-activity waste is disposed of at Hanford.

        The increase also would support ventilation system upgrades to help prevent the possibility of an explosion of flammable gases and would help prepare for the delivery of waste to the vitrification plant once it begins operating.

        At the Plutonium Finishing Plant, the proposed budget would increase from $99 million in fiscal 2012 to almost $143 million in fiscal 2014. The money would be used to continue work to remove glove boxes and other highly contaminated equipment and prepare the plant for demolition.

        The budget for protecting and cleaning groundwater is proposed to drop from about $191 million in fiscal 2012 to about $142 million in fiscal 2014.

        The decrease reflects the completion of construction and startup of Hanford's largest and most complex groundwater treatment system, the 200 West Groundwater Treatment Facility.

        At the vitrification plant, the budget would decrease from $740 million to $690 million, the amount long planned for annual spending at the plant during construction and commissioning.

    • That's the real question, it takes time to fill out and bid for government contracts and margins are not always the greatest. The key is have they bid? It's all useless talk otherwise.

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