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West Valley Cleanup Contractor Receives 66 Percent of Available Award Fee

December 5, 2017

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CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley employees at work at the West Valley Demonstration Project.
CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley employees at work at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

WEST VALLEY, N.Y.EM’s cleanup contactor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) earned $300,000 of a possible $455,971 award fee for the March to August 2017 performance period, according to a recently released scorecard.

   EM noted that CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) met the majority of performance goals and objectives for the period. The contractor received a “very good” rating for safety, health, quality, and business management; “good” for project management; and “satisfactory” for environmental and regulatory strategy.

   Under EM’s CHBWV contract, 80 percent of the award fee is tied to objective cost and schedule incentives that are “at risk” until the contract’s end. While CHBWV has had significant success during this rating period, schedule incentive fee for this work is provisional and cost incentives are not earned until the entire performance work statement is completed.

   “CHBWV has had a very successful year,” EM Federal Project Director Bryan Bower said. “During this last rating period, CHBWV was able to safely complete deactivation of the Vitrification Facility and conduct readiness activities for demolition. This allowed demolition to begin five months ahead of schedule. They are also ahead of schedule for safely completing the legacy waste milestone. The workforce is also well on its way to safely completing the deactivation of the Main Plant Process Building ahead of schedule. But because of the way this contract is structured, these successes are only recognized when all the work is completed.”

   Each year 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.

   According to EM’s performance evaluation for CHBWV:

   The contractor responded appropriately to safety related incidents and paid strong attention to detail during receipt inspection of waste boxes. The contractor also conducted employee safety interviews and obtained corporate support to review safety related incidents.

   CHBWV submitted quality and timely contract deliverables and continued its commitment to cybersecurity. The contractor achieved 211 percent of its annual strategic sourcing goal and did a “good job” supporting all information requests. 

   The contractor streamlined data management and reporting, and provided EM more accurate and timely variance analysis information to improve project management. EM noted CHBWV’s “poor planning” to prepare for the site’s Vitrification Facility demolition readiness assessment.

   The contractor’s routine regulatory reports were well organized and submitted on time. However, CHBWV demonstrated reluctance to proactively partner with EM to develop solutions to issues.

   Once the site of the first and only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the U.S., WVDP is now an environmental cleanup and waste management project located about 35 miles south of Buffalo. The cleanup is conducted by EM in cooperation with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

   View CHBWV’s scorecard here.

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