Environmental Protection

URS Corp. to Lead Hanford Site Team

URS Corporation recently announced that a team led by the company has been awarded the contract to manage the remediation of the U.S. Department of Energy's radioactive and hazardous underground waste tanks on the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.

The performance based, cost plus award fee contract, valued by the DOE at approximately $7.1 billion, covers a five-year base performance period and an additional five-year option.

The team -- Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC -- is a new company formed by the Washington Division of URS and EnergySolutions with dedicated subcontractor AREVA. The team will be responsible for safely retrieving, treating, storing, and disposing of Hanford's tank farm waste and closing single shell tanks. Nearly 53 million gallons of highly radioactive and hazardous waste is stored in 177 underground tanks grouped in 18 farms at the 560-square-mile Hanford site.

"We are delighted to have been selected as Hanford's Tank Operations contractor," said Tom Zarges, president of URS' Washington Division. "URS and all of our team partners have a long history of supporting the DOE in environmental management and nuclear operations, including many successful projects both past and present at the Hanford Site. We look forward to validating the trust placed in us by the DOE through this selection by delivering safe, quality, results-oriented performance on this project."

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