N3B-Los Alamos Earns 83 Percent of Available Fee in FY18 Period For Legacy Waste Clean-Up Contract

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Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos waste management staff prepare a waste shipment for transport to EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Management’s legacy cleanup contractor earned approximately 83 percent of the fee available during its five-month performance evaluation period in fiscal 2018, according to a recently released scorecard.

Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B) received more than $2.4 million of the $2.9 million fee available for the period of April 30, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2018.

“The contractor successfully stood up its operations while meeting regulatory commitments and making significant progress in key legacy cleanup and waste management campaigns,” said Doug Hintze, manager of the EM-LA and the fee determining official.

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

N3B’s performance for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract’s fiscal 2018 period was evaluated for quality, schedule, cost control, regulatory compliance, and management.

The contractor realized two significant accomplishments during the period — successfully restarting and operating the chromium interim measure and completing readiness for mobile loading at Technical Area 54’s (TA-54) Area G. The chromium interim measure involves pumping and injection to control the advancement and to shrink the footprint of a plume located beneath Sandia and Mortandad canyons at LANL.

 TA-54 is LANL’s waste management area. Area G is a site within TA-54 where LANL’s transuranic and low-level waste is stored, characterized, remediated, and shipped offsite. With mobile loading capabilities at Area G, N3B is able to ship waste to EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Other N3B accomplishments included:

  • Establishing a positive safety culture and performance;
  • Completing a documented safety analysis review;
  • Procuring contracts for small businesses;
  • Setting up business and financial systems.

Prior to April 30, 2018, legacy cleanup and waste management in fiscal 2018 was performed by Los Alamos National Security under the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract.

   View the N3B scorecard here.