Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Awards Portsmouth Remediation Contract To LATA/Parallax

January 10, 2005

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$141 Million Small Business Contract Runs Through September, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that LATA-Parallax Portsmouth LLC, a small business joint venture between Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc. and Parallax Inc., was awarded a $141,261,897 small business contract to perform environmental remediation and waste management activities at the department’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. The contract will run through September 30, 2009, and provides incentives to the contractor for managing costs effectively while completing the cleanup work.

A second small business contract for infrastructure and maintenance activities at Portsmouth is currently in the procurement process.

“The Department of Energy is proud to support President Bush’s Small Business Agenda by awarding large-scale cleanup contracts like this to small businesses,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. “We are pleased to be moving forward with work that will reduce risk, further cleanup and protect the environment at Portsmouth.”

LATA-Parallax will be responsible for groundwater and soil remedial actions, removing legacy waste, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) facilities, highly enriched uranium disposition, operating the site waste storage facilities, and surveillance and maintenance activities, as well as other activities. The group takes over from Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC, whose contract expires March 31, 2005.  Bechtel-Jacobs is participating in the transition of projects and people to ensure a successful hand-off to the contractor.

LATA-Parallax is owned by Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc. (LATA), a New Mexico-based engineering, environmental and nuclear operations services company, and Parallax Inc., a Maryland-based engineering, environmental and nuclear operations services company. LATA is a service-disabled veteran owned small business and Parallax is a women-owned, minority owned small business.

The Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) will manage three major contractors at the Portsmouth site under the environmental management cleanup mission. This office is responsible for the LATA-Parallax contract, a yet-to-be-awarded infrastructure contract, 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. In addition, PPPO also oversees several activities conducted by the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC).

The Portsmouth 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. The plant still operates through a lease with the United States Enrichment Corporation, which supplies enriched uranium for commercial use.

Media contact:  Joe Davis, 202/586-4940