N3B Los Alamos Earns $7.1 Million – 77 Percent Of FY22 Award Fee For LANL Legacy Waste Cleanup Project


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) legacy cleanup contractor, Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned more than $7.1 million, or 77 percent, of the fee available during the performance evaluation period of fiscal year 2022, according to a recently released scorecard.

As part of EM-LA’s commitment to transparency in its cleanup programs with stakeholders and the community, it releases information annually relating to contractor fee payments—earned by completing the work required per the terms of the contract.

N3B’s performance from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022 was evaluated for quality assurance/safety, schedule, cost control, management, and regulatory compliance.

The contractor achieved these significant accomplishments during the period: exceeded EM-LA’s fiscal year 2022 transuranic waste shipping goal to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant by over 70 percent; received from the Environmental Protection Agency a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Individual Permit for Storm Water—which regulates storm water runoff from sites associated with historical LANL operations; and implemented a certified Earned Value Management System.

Areas for improvement included occupational safety performance and safety culture, coordination with DOE on key deliverables, and quality of documentation.