CAST awarded WIPP transportation contract

June 21, 2022, 3:00PMRadwaste Solutions
A CAST Specialty Transportation truck loaded with TRUPACT-II shipping containers at WIPP. (Photo: DOE)

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded CAST Specialty Transportation a contract to provide transportation services for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the DOE’s repository for defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste near Carlsbad, N.M.

The single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract will have a maximum value of $100 million over five years. CAST, a trucking and hauling company with locations in four states, held the previous WIPP transportation services, which expired on May 27. The award of the new contract was announced on June 16.

The details: The contract will use firm-fixed-price task orders, which may include separate line-item numbers for certain reimbursable items such as state permits and use fees, New Mexico taxes, fuel, and a safe driving bonus.

The DOE issued a final request for proposals for the WIPP transportation services contract on June 10, 2021, as a small business set-aside procurement. Four bidders had submitted proposals for the contract, according to the DOE.

The work: The contract provides facilities, personnel, and equipment to operate a local terminal within a 10-mile perimeter of Carlsbad, as well as transportation and maintenance services necessary to support the DOE’s national TRU program, which provides characterization, transportation, and disposal of TRU waste. This work includes, but is not limited to, carrier services for the safe transport of contact-handled and remote-handled TRU wastes and mixed hazardous materials, including polychlorinated biphenyls and asbestos, from DOE and other defense-related TRU waste generator sites to the WIPP site.

Other awards: EM also announced on June 16 that it has awarded a new contract valued at up to $8 million over five years to Lakewood, Colo.–based Neptune and Company to support Phase 2 decommissioning decision-making for the West Valley Demonstration Project and the Western New York Nuclear Service Center located in West Valley, N.Y. The contract is jointly funded and managed by the DOE and the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority.

Neptune will support the DOE mission at the West Valley sites by performing probabilistic performance assessment modeling and statistical decision analysis of proposed decommissioning alternatives to support Phase 2 decommissioning decision-making.

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