Enrico Fermi, the Architect of the Nuclear Age
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.
Iran Nuclear Deal
U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to visit Iran on Sunday
Iran sanctions extended, but without Obama’s signature
The Conservative Case for Nuclear Energy
Donald Trump’s energy program needs a middle ground — nuclear power
Trump, nuclear weapon realist, can correct Obama's idealistic blunders
Trump Should Change U.S. Policy On Nuclear Weapons
The Air Force Is Hopeful on Trump's Nuclear-Weapons Plan
Feds: No ‘show-stoppers’ found in nuke readiness review
$2.6B Contract Awarded for Sandia National Labs Management
Spent nuclear fuel dropped in Savannah River Site's L Basin
Russia to 'expand mobile nuclear missile patrols' near European borders to respond to Nato 'threats' in 2017
Assessing the ban treaty from Ukraine
Commentary: The future of nuclear security in Southeast Asia
China should seek nuclear stability, not disarmament utopia
First to use or not to use first: A curious case of Indian nuclear doctrine
The Indo-Japanese nuclear deal
UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing
Security Council underlines need to halt proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
Reflections on the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference: More Participants, Less Focus
If nuclear war broke out where's the safest place on Earth?
Economist Found a Higher Calling: Saving the World From Nuclear War
Toward safer, long-life nuclear reactors—metal design could raise radiation resistance by 100 times
EM News Flash | Dec. 16, 2016
DOE Approves Modified Contract and Baseline for Hanford Waste Treatment Plant
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) have modified the contract and baseline for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project to support the Department’s approach to begin treating Hanford’s tank waste as soon as practicable.
The contract modification implements DOE’s Direct Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW) approach for the Hanford tank waste treatment mission. The DFLAW approach involves the WTP Low Activity Waste (LAW) Facility, Analytical Laboratory (LAB) and a set of 23 support facilities, collectively known as Balance of Facilities (BOF). Together, these three areas are commonly referred to as “LBL.” The contract modification aligns both the contractor responsibility and the project risks through the restructuring of incentives in order to deliver the best value for the Federal government and the taxpayer.
“DOE is committed to addressing the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production activities at the Hanford Site in a safe and cost-effective manner. We are confident that the modified contract and baseline represents the most effective and expeditious path towards beginning tank waste treatment at Hanford as soon as practicable,” said Kevin Smith, Manager of the DOE Office of River Protection, which oversees the WTP Project.
The contract modification includes incentives for BNI to complete the LBL sections of the WTP by specific dates and for the contractor to share in cost savings for completing work early. It also includes sections to benefit the American taxpayer by reducing the fee for work that fails to meet the agreed upon schedule.
To date, BNI has made significant progress on the LBL sections of the WTP, with the LAB and BOF near completion and some support systems commencing activities for startup. In addition, nearly all major pieces of equipment have been installed in the LAW Facility.
Along with the contract modification, DOE has revised the baseline for the LBL sections of the WTP project. The cost increase for the approved baseline change of the project is approximately $4.5 billion and results from multiple factors, including changes in quality standards, performance and construction challenges, and updated commissioning costs based on improved understanding of current industry best practices. As a result, the incremental total project cost for the entire WTP has increased to $16.8 billion. This revised baseline has been thoroughly reviewed by the Project Management Risk Committee and the revitalized Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board, reflecting the Department's recent project management improvements.