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U.S. Department of Energy Awards Paducah Remediation Contract

December 27, 2005 - 4:56pm


Paducah Remediation Services, LLC wins $191 Million Small Business Contract Competition

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that Paducah Remediation Services, LLC (PRS) has been awarded a $191.6 million small business contract to perform environmental remediation and waste management activities at the Department's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Ky.  The contract, awarded as a result of a competition, will run through September 30, 2009 and provides incentives to the contractor for managing costs effectively while completing the cleanup work on schedule.

"We are pleased to be moving forward with work that will reduce risk, further cleanup and protect the environment at Paducah," said Assistant Secretary James Rispoli.

Paducah Remediation Services, LLC will be responsible for groundwater and soil remedial actions, removing legacy waste, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) facilities, operating the site waste storage facilities, surveillance and maintenance activities, as well as other activities.  Following a transition period, PRS will take over from Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC, whose contract expires April 23, 2006.

Paducah Remediation Services, LLC is a Portage Environmental, Inc. (Portage) and Shaw Environmental, Inc. (Shaw) Joint Venture Company.   Portage, a Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business, is the managing partner of the joint venture.  Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shaw Group, Inc.   

DOE's Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office manages three major contractors at the Paducah site under the Department's Office of Environmental Management.  The office is responsible for managing the remediation contract, infrastructure services contractor, Swift & Staley; and the ongoing work of Uranium Disposition Services LLC, which is responsible for the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project.  Opportunities will likely be available for various subcontracts awarded by the major contractors for specific tasks.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, was constructed in the mid-1950s to manufacture enriched uranium for commercial and defense use.  DOE oversees site cleanup.  The plant still operates through a lease with the United States Enrichment Corporation, which supplies enriched uranium for commercial use.

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