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Audit Report: OAS-RA-L-11-01

November 10, 2010

Management of the Plutonium Finishing Plant Closure Project

The Department of Energy's (Department) Richland Operations Office (Richland) awarded a contract, effective October 1, 2008, to CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to remediate the Hanford Site's Central Plateau. Part of the contract's scope includes completion of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) Closure Project – a major decontamination and demolition project of an industrial complex consisting of more than 60 buildings. CHPRC's contract included expectations to: Provide safe and compliant storage of special nuclear material at PFP until it has been removed from the PFP complex; Operate and maintain the PFP facilities and associated waste sites, structures, systems and equipment in a safe, compliant and energy-efficient manner; Maintain radiological and access control to ensure personnel safety; Remove special nuclear material from PFP and transport it to an assigned location; Demolish PFP complex facilities to slab-on-grade condition; and, Prepare, package, and disposition waste streams, as required.

Topic: Environmental Cleanup