Hanford Site Deputy Manager Brian Stickney and Central Plateau Cleanup Company President John Eschenberg sign the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract Partnering Agreement.
Hanford Site Deputy Manager Brian Stickney and Central Plateau Cleanup Company President John Eschenberg sign the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract Partnering Agreement.

RICHLAND, Wash.EM Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Central Plateau Cleanup Company (CPCCo) recently signed an agreement outlining a partnership to deliver mission success.

Hanford Site Deputy Manager Brian Stickney and CPCCo President John Eschenberg put pen to paper, making the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract Partnering Agreement an official record. The agreement establishes a collaborative approach through open communication and coordination to safely advance the cleanup and risk reduction of Hanford’s Central Plateau and Columbia River corridor.

“This is a critical step in establishing the framework of our partnership with DOE,” said Eschenberg. “The partnering team met in the early days of the contract to iron out the details, and this signed document solidifies our commitment to working hand in hand with the Department. Together, we will continue to identify common goals, develop sound processes, plan meaningful work scope, manage risk and optimize resources for the common good.”

As partners in administering the first end-state contract in the EM complex, RL and CPCCo are responsible for advancing the cleanup and risk reduction at Hanford’s Central Plateau by developing task orders — smaller, agreed-upon chunks of work that drive safe and efficient cleanup progress. Key projects include the “cocooning” of retired nuclear reactors by building enclosures around the structures, demolition of obsolete facilities, remediation of former waste sites, safe storage of waste capsules, low-level waste disposal, groundwater management, and preservation of key historical facilities, including Hanford’s historic B Reactor.

The partnering agreement recognizes that success on these projects can only be achieved by collaborating and communicating with key stakeholders — including other Hanford contractors — to find high-quality solutions to complex cleanup challenges.

“This process began with partnering workshops involving DOE and CPCCo leadership, where we worked collaboratively to develop into a cohesive team focused on safely delivering significant risk reduction on the Central Plateau and along the Columbia River corridor,” Stickney said. “Our collective team is committed to making integrated decisions, resolving issues, removing obstacles and partnering to implement innovative solutions to make that happen. Our goal isn’t the signing of this piece of paper; rather, this is the first in a multistep process to continue delivering meaningful cleanup progress at Hanford.”