- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy is taking bids to replace two waste trucking contracts that are now worth half their original estimated value of $239.5 million in 2012.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1Ps7F1o) CAST Specialty Transportation Inc. and Visionary Solutions LLC hold the contracts, set to expire in January and July 2017. Contract valuations fell after a waste drum from Los Alamos National Laboratory burst and shut down Waste Isolation Pilot Plant operations.

CAST manager Gaylon Fuller says seven drivers and four trucks work the WIPP transport team, down from an initial 25 drivers and 16 trucks. Workers transport holding cells for waste drums from WIPP back to labs.

He said CAST will likely submit a bid to keep its contract.

WIPP could partially reopen by next year.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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