Workers with EM contractor Central Plateau Cleanup Company install heavy-duty liners inside two 400,000-gallon leachate tanks at the Integrated Disposal Facility at the Hanford Site.
Workers with EM contractor Central Plateau Cleanup Company install heavy-duty liners inside two 400,000-gallon leachate tanks at the Integrated Disposal Facility at the Hanford Site.

RICHLAND, Wash.EM recently released contract award fee determination scorecards for four prime contractors that support the cleanup program at the Hanford Site based on their performance during varying evaluation periods in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2021.

EM releases information relating to contractor fee payments — earned by completing the work called for in the contracts — to further transparency in its cleanup program.

Washington River Protection Solutions

EM Office of River Protection (ORP) tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) received approximately $41.7 million, or about 94 percent, of the available fee for work performed in fiscal 2021.

According to its scorecard, WRPS’s performance was “very good” in the management of the tank farms and business operations; conduct of operations, engineering, maintenance and nuclear safety; and environment, safety, health and quality.

Of note in these performance areas, WRPS maintained worker safety and responsiveness to the COVID-19 pandemic while accomplishing key goals for readiness of the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) Program and meeting regulatory commitments. The contractor also continued to implement a robust safety culture, receiving Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association awards for outreach and innovation.

Opportunities for improvement in WRPS’s performance include the quality, completeness, and prompt submittal of notice of construction permit applications to DOE and regulators as well as quality assurance oversight of procurement efforts.

View the WRPS scorecard here.

Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration

ORP awarded 222-S Laboratory contractor Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration (HLMI) approximately $977,000, or about 75%, of the available fee for work performed from May 26, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2021.

HLMI received “very good” ratings for data quality and assurance systems; environmental compliance and stewardship; worker safety, health, and safety culture; and facility and instrument availability. The contractor received “good” ratings for contract cost control and site mission cost impacts; business and interface management; and research and technology development.

Their performance in those areas includes accomplishments such as maintaining worker safety and health through collaboration with other Hanford contractors to develop and maintain COVID-19 controls; correcting legacy issues in performance testing for failed metal analyses resulting in reestablishment of the laboratory’s accreditation for these analytes; and achieving a 60% improvement in turnaround timeframes for industrial hygiene sample analysis and reporting in the first three months of the contract.

Areas for improvement include the quality of contractor invoices, overtime requests and contract proposals submitted to DOE; timeliness in communicating potential issues and concerns to DOE at the appropriate levels of management; and timely submittal of contract deliverables by their contractual due dates.

View the HLMI scorecard here.

Central Plateau Cleanup Company

EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) awarded Central Plateau cleanup contractor Central Plateau Cleanup Company (CPCCo) approximately $20.8 million, or about 78.5%, of the available fee for work performed from Jan. 25, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2021.

According to the scorecard, CPCCo’s achievements included treating more than 1.66 billion gallons of contaminated groundwater while continuing effective COVID-19 pandemic response and integration with other Hanford contractors. The contractor also completed stabilization of aging structures; Plutonium Reclamation Facility demolition and debris loadout; sustained Integrated Disposal Facility infrastructure modifications; and environmental permitting in support of the DFLAW Program mission.

Opportunities for improvement in CPCCo’s performance include business and administrative functions.

View the CPCCo scorecard here.

Hanford Mission Integration Solutions

RL awarded mission-support contractor Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS) approximately $13.7 million, or about 86.8%, of the available fee for work performed in the initial eight months of HMIS’s contract with the Department, which started Jan. 25, 2021.

According to the scorecard, HMIS exceeded a number of award-fee criteria and met overall cost, schedule and technical performance requirements of the contract. Accomplishments include protecting the health and safety of its workforce by taking a lead in coordinating site-wide COVID-19 response activities, and providing key services and infrastructure to the other Hanford contractors to enable continued progress in Hanford missions.

Opportunities for improvement in HMIS’s performance include improving project management, maintenance of fire systems and financial management controls.

View the HMIS scorecard here.