- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Federal regulators are seeking proposals for a contract for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where tons of hazardous waste and contamination remain after decades of research.

The federal government on Thursday issued its draft request seeking proposals for environmental remediation of the radioactive and otherwise hazardous materials at the site, The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1THhzU4).

In 2014 the Department of Energy decided to separate the cleanup from the lab’s overall operating contract, which has been held by Los Alamos National Security LLC since 2006. The shift came after a drum of radioactive waste leaked at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at Carlsbad, which caused a shutdown that is still being dealt with.

After the leak, LANS was awarded a second contract for the cleanup work, but a new long-term contract overseen by the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management will likely take effect in 2017 when LANS’s bridge contract expires.

The total estimated value of the new cleanup contract is about $1.7 billion over a prospective 10-year period.

According to a news release from the DOE, the draft request for proposals seeks input from interested parties that will help develop the final request for proposals for the project.

LANS’s overall operating contract is also expiring as the company has failed to earn high enough performance reviews to extend the contract beyond 2018. The DOE will issue a request for proposals for that contract at some point in the future.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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