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DOE letter: SRR’s performance ‘excellent’; contractor secures more than $12M

October 5, 2018

Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, performed excellently between July 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017, according to correspondence obtained by the Aiken Standard.

In that time frame, representing one of SRR’s contract extensions, the liquid waste contractor secured a little more than $12 million of a total $12.4 million available via the cost plus award fee contract.

That’s nearly 96.5 percent marked success, according to the letter, which was issued by SRS associate deputy manager Thomas Johnson Jr.

The letter is dated Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Johnson’s letter recognizes SRR – an AECOM-led team with partners Bechtel National, BWXT and CH2M – for achieving cost, schedule and technical performance requirements in the aggregate.

“SRR management demonstrated a significantly high level of involvement in achieving key milestones toward resumption of operational activities,” the letter reads.

“In summary, SRR’s performance during the award period was excellent,” the letter continues. Five distinct achievements are outlined in the letter.

The liquid waste contractor at SRS is charged with processing millions of gallons of nuclear waste, shutting and sealing aging waste storage tanks and operating a behemoth waste glassification plant. SRR has conducted the liquid waste mission for about a decade.

SRR President Tom Foster, in a prepared statement, cheered the evaluation.

“Savannah River Remediation is pleased to receive a score that reflects the hard work of our employees who made significant improvements to the condition of the Savannah River Site liquid waste facilities in the past year,” Foster said.

The SRR evaluation comes at a complex time – it’s in the middle of a federal contracting process, after all.

At the end of May, SRR received a 10-month contract extension valued at $450 million. That extension keeps SRR on the job through March 2019 at the maximum term.

Meanwhile, the DOE is actively working to award a new liquid waste contract. Johnson, at the end of September, said the DOE was “pretty close” to awarding the new liquid waste contract, which at this point is about a year in the making.

A DOE Office of Environmental Management procurement spreadsheet lists the SRS liquid waste contract award window as “August-October 2018.” The spreadsheet was last updated Oct. 1.

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