DOE hires contractor for completion of Moab remediation work

February 7, 2022, 7:02AMRadwaste Solutions
The Moab cleanup site in Utah in 2018. (Photo: DOE)

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) has awarded a cleanup contract to North Wind Portage, Inc. for completion of environmental remediation of a uranium ore processing site near Moab, Utah. North Wind Portage is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

More information about the Moab project is available here.

The contract: Awarded last week, the cleanup contract has a ceiling of approximately $614 million over a 10-year period and includes both cost reimbursement and fixed-price task orders to perform all clean up until the site’s ultimate closure.

The work: The contract calls for the completion of excavation and disposal of all residual radioactive material, relocation of the estimated 16-million-ton pile of uranium mill tailings and other contaminated material, completion of disposal cell construction at nearby Crescent Junction, Utah, to include final cover, and restoration of the Moab site and Crescent Junction. The contract also includes the maintenance of facilities, grounds, and railroad structures at the Moab site and the Crescent Junction disposal cell, which is necessary to continue relocation of the mill tailings and associated wastes, according to the DOE.

Moab site history: Located in southeastern Utah, the Moab remediation project spans a 480-acre site that includes a former uranium ore processing facility that operated under private ownership from 1956 to 1984. Site cleanup at Moab has been a decades-long operation. After shutting operations in 1984, an interim cover was placed over the pile as part of decommissioning activities conducted between 1988 and 1996. In 2001, the DOE assumed ownership of the Moab site and started on the road to cleanup.

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