- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - The federal government is making its final call for any contractors interested in continuing the cleanup of hazardous waste at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapon laboratories.

Officials have been struggling for decades to clean up hundreds of contaminated sites and remove thousands of cubic meters of waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A recent report indicates the work could take another 20 years and nearly $4 billion.

The current environmental management contract belongs to the lab’s troubled manager, Los Alamos National Security LLC. That agreement expires in September 2017.

The request for proposals issued Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Department involves a 10-year contract worth about $1.7 billion. It calls for monitoring the region’s aquifer, cleaning up contamination and preparing low-level radioactive waste to be shipped off-site.

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