DOE awards DD&R contract for Ion Beam Facility removal

August 1, 2023, 7:00AMNuclear News

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management awarded a contract to Aptim Federal Services of Baton Rouge, La., to perform deactivation, decommissioning, and removal of the former Ion Beam Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The contract, announced by the DOE on July 27, is valued at approximately $68 million, with a performance period of up to 57 months. Services under the contract include management and disposal of the resulting waste. Contaminants at the facility include tritium, asbestos, and other hazardous materials.

Nine firms competed for the contract, according to the DOE. Aptim Federal Services will coordinate its DD&R work with the DOE-EM and the National Nuclear Security Administration to avoid disruptions at LANL.

History: The Ion Beam Facility was built in 1951 to support post–World War II scientific research. It contains LANL’s two original Van De Graaff accelerators and housed equipment used for nuclear experimentation and aided in the development of weapons technology. Facility operations ceased in 1999.

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