The Department of Energy has named Wastren Advantage of Piketon, Ohio, as its new contractor to perform work at Hanford’s 222-S Laboratory.
The contract award announced Thursday is valued at $44.6 million. It includes a two-year base period with options for three additional one-year periods.
The contract has been held by Advanced Technologies and Laboratories of Maryland since 2005. It has been the only company to hold the contract since DOE decided to split the work out of the Hanford tank farm contract to create a small-business opportunity.
Washington River Protection Solutions continues to serve as the landlord for the 70,000-square-foot laboratory and its support buildings, with Advanced Technologies and Laboratories and next Wastren Advantage performing the laboratory work there.
Wastren Advantage already has a presence at Hanford.
It is the managing partner of WAI Stoller Disposal Operations, a subcontractor to Washington Closure Hanford. The subcontractor manages and operates the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, a huge landfill in central Hanford for low-level radioactive and hazardous chemical waste.
The 222-S Laboratory accepts samples of some of Hanford’s most radioactive and hazardous chemical waste to determine the content of dangerous substances down to parts per trillion. Work is done under fume hoods or in the lab’s 11 radiation hot cells with operators outside the cells operating tools within the cells.
Most of the analyses are of high level radioactive waste from Hanford’s underground waste tanks. Information is used to determine what wastes can be combined in tanks and to help plan how workers can best be protected while working at specific tanks.
Four proposals were received in response to the request for bids released about a year ago. DOE has not released the names of bidders.
The contract announcement was made in Cincinnati after office hours there ended Thursday, and no one from DOE or Wastren Advantage was available to speak with the Herald.
Typically workers transfer from one Hanford contractor to another, but companies bring in their own management. The lab employed about 100 people when Hanford had economic stimulus money, but as recently as late 2012 Advanced Technologies and Laboratories said it had 85 employees working the equivalent of 74 full-time jobs.
The request for bids announcement said that the type of contract would be changed from the cost reimbursement contract that is currently used for services at the lab to a hybrid contract.
The proposed new contract will include a fixed price for services, and unexpected work will be covered through a reimbursement of costs. Pension and benefit costs also will be reimbursed.
An incentive fee will be available for certain line items in the contract, according to the request for bids.
The new contract is expected to cover 15,000 to 25,000 analyses each year of inorganic, organic and radiochemical samples.
Most of Wastren Advantage’s work across the nation is for the DOE Office of Environmental Management. According to the company’s website, wadv.com, it has been performing a full range of environmental cleanup work for more than 20 years.
“Our team works hard to remain focused on customer’s needs while completing the project mission with the agility and responsiveness that comes with being a small business,” it says on its website.
It was awarded the Environmental Business Journal Gold Medal for Business Achievement for growing its revenue form $8.4 million in 2009 to $125 million in 2014.
Wastren Advantage is the prime contractor at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Lenoir City, Tenn., according to its website. It is responsible for management and operation of the facility that processes waste generated at DOE’s Oak Ridge, Tenn., site for disposal. The program has received DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program’s Star status and twice received the Star of Excellence award for its safety programs.
In Ohio, Wastren Advantage is a major subcontractor to Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, which is decontaminating and decommission the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Wastren Advantage provides waste management services to the primary contractor under the DOE protégé program.
Also at the Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Wastren Advantage is a managing partner of Wastren-EnergX Mission Support, performing facility support services, including security, training, information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications, record management, fleet management, preventive maintenance and other services. The contract has earned Voluntary Protection Program Star status and twice received the Star of Excellence award.
DOE did not release information Thursday on when Wastren Advantage would start work at the 222-S Laboratory, but the request for bids specified a two-month transition period.