Contract: $77,369,620 - Department of Energy - May. 1, 2009
33% voted satisfied - 67% voted not satisfied - 3 vote(s) cast
Award Description: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds allocated to the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC) will accelerate by one year or more the completion of processing and disposal for all waste streams anticipated or under-going processing. The facility is currently operating a single Contact-Handled (CH) and Remote-Handled (RH) processing shift. The proposal takes the TWPC from the single operating shift to multiple CH and RH operating shifts over an extended work week by September 2009. These changes accelerate completion as follows: • Processing and disposal of the current inventory of CH debris will be completed by Sept. 30, 2011 • Processing and disposal of the current inventory of RH debris waste will be completed by Dec 31, 2011 • RH sludge waste processing for Nevada Test Site (NTS) disposal will be completed by Sept. 30, 2017 An additional potential cost and schedule benefit of the ARRA-funded acceleration will be the timely availability of the TWPC solid and debris waste processing facilities, including the hot cell, for Integrated Facilities Disposition Project (IFDP) support. Formal analysis of the cost of necessary enhancements or adaptations of the TWPC for IFDP missions has not yet been performed. Informal estimates, however, indicate that extension of the TWPC’s operating life will be a very cost-effective alternative to construction of new facilities for IFDP waste processing.
Project Description: New ARRA employees were hired beginning on May 4, 2009 and immediately began rigorous training at a dedicated, off-site training facility. Subsequent hiring was performed throughout the months of June and July 2009. A full-scale mock up facility was constructed complete with glove box and box-breakdown areas to train for safety and processing procedures. This training was conducted for three weeks and trainees were evaluated weekly to determine readiness to handle radioactive material at the Transuranic Waste Processing Facility. New operators and radiation control technicians that were ready for ‘live’ processing began work with the inception of a second shift of operations commencing on 09/14/2009. Major infrastructure expansion and upgrades were performed to prepare for the inception of second shift operations and the staffing with new employees. New information technology and communications equipment was procured in Q3 2009. New office space and upgrades to site parking, site facilities and process facilities was also started in Q3 2009 to accommodate the influx of new employees and the start of a second shift of waste operations.
Jobs Summary: The primary Economic Prosperity (Secretary’s Priorities) benefit is the creation of 138 skilled labor, professional, administrative and supervisory jobs in environmental management. It will additionally preserve an estimated 204 jobs that would have been lost under the FY 2010 President’s Budget request beginning October 1, 2010. The majority of new employees hired are waste operators and radiation control technicians that will facilitate the acceleration of processing of defense related legacy waste that is located on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory reservation. Specifically, 89 new employees (98 FTE’s through September 30, 2009) were hired of which 67 are waste operators or radiation control technicians. The addition of these employees allowed the staffing of a second shift of waste operations at the Transuranic Waste Processing Facility. The remainder of the newly hired employees will staff supporting functions such as Quality Assurance, Environmental Compliance, Performance Assurance, Training and Administrative and Business Support. (Total jobs reported: 98)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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