Final RFP issued for $6.4-billion cleanup contract

May 28, 2020, 3:20PMRadwaste Solutions

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management on May 27 issued a final request for proposals for the cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory site, near Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Fort Saint Vrain facility near Platteville, Colo. The 10-year contract for the projects—collectively called the Idaho Cleanup Project—has an estimated ceiling of about $6.4 billion.

The DOE said that it will select the winning bid using a streamlined process under its newly developed end-state contracting model. That model, the DOE said, “focuses on the most discriminating evaluation elements of key personnel, management approach, past performance, and cost to support a qualifications-based selection of the offeror team that represents the best value to the government.” The contract model is intended to provide the DOE and its contractors more flexibility by using a risk-based approach in defining discrete scopes of work for site closure or end states. According to the DOE, this will reduce the department’s environmental financial liabilities by providing more realistic, reliable pricing and incentives.

The scope: Work to be performed under the new indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract includes the following:

Operation of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at INL.

Spent nuclear fuel management, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission–licensed independent spent fuel storage installations at the INL site and Fort Saint Vrain.

Transuranic and low-level radioactive waste disposition and management.

Facility deactivation and decommissioning.

Environmental remediation activities.

Facility infrastructure.

The DOE has established a dedicated webpage for the Idaho Cleanup Project contract. All announcements, documents (including the draft and final RFPs), and related links will be posted there.

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