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U.S. Department of Energy Awards Paducah Remediation Contract To North Wind Paducah Cleanup Company LLC

January 10, 2005 - 9:41am

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$303 Million Small Business Contract Runs Through September, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that North Wind Paducah Cleanup Company LLC has been awarded a $302,962,661 small business contract to perform environmental remediation and waste management activities at the department’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Ky. The contract will run through September 30, 2009 and provides incentives to the contractor for managing costs effectively while completing the cleanup work.

A second small business contract for infrastructure and maintenance activities at Paducah is currently in the procurement process.

“The Department of Energy is proud to support President Bush’s Small Business Agenda by awarding large-scale cleanup contracts like this to small businesses,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. “We are pleased to be moving forward with work that will reduce risk, further cleanup and protect the environment at Paducah.”

North Wind Paducah Cleanup Company will be responsible for groundwater and soil remedial actions, removing legacy waste, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) facilities, operating the site waste storage facilities, surveillance and maintenance activities, as well as other activities. The company takes over from Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC, whose contract expires March 31, 2005.

North Wind Paducah Cleanup Company, LLC is an 8(a) small disadvantaged women-owned business.

DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office will manage three major contractors at the Paducah site under the department’s Office of Environmental Management. This office is responsible for the remediation contract, a yet-to-be-awarded infrastructure contract, and the ongoing work of Uranium Disposition Services LLC, which is responsible for the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project.  Opportunities will likely be available for various subcontracts awarded by the major contractors for specific tasks.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, was constructed in the mid-1950s to manufacture enriched uranium for commercial and defense use. DOE oversees site cleanup. The plant still operates through a lease with the United States Enrichment Corporation, which supplies enriched uranium for commercial use. 

Media contact:  Joe Davis, 202/586-4940

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