Members of the Carlsbad Technical Assistance Contractor discuss audit criteria for quality assurance implementation.
CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Carlsbad Field Office Technical Assistance Contractor’s (CTAC) parent company, Portage, Inc., and its 400 employees nationwide recently achieved a significant milestone by exceeding one million hours worked over 560 days without a lost-time injury or illness.
CTAC is a small group responsible for technical and quality assurance resources for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), which provides oversight for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic (TRU) Program. In 2010, DOE awarded Portage a three-year contract with two, one-year options. WIPP and its operations are not new to Portage. The company previously held the technical assistance contract in Carlsbad from 2000 to 2005.
Joe Harvill has 28 years experience with WIPP and became the CTAC program manager in spring 2012. “Though I have been with Portage and CTAC for only four months, I’ve been impressed with Portage’s dedication to employee health and safety,” said Harvill.
CTAC’s workforce totals 25 people. They perform a variety of technical services that include quality assurance for TRU waste certification, assistance to the National TRU Program, support to the international repository science program, and comprehensive audits to assure project compliance to environmental and safety requirements.
Portage, which provides engineering and environmental remediation services, is based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with satellite offices across the nation, including Carlsbad.