LLW treatment, USA (Deadline: 7 April 2011)

14 March 2011



CH2M-WG Idaho LLC (CWI), Cleanup Contractor of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is requesting an Expression of Interest (EOI) from firms to provide transportation, treatment and disposal of INL remote-handled mixed low-level waste. Treatment facilities must be privately owned and operated outside of areas managed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Appropriate licenses and permits obtained at vendor expense must be in place prior to award of the contract(s). The amount of waste for which treatment is sought under this announcement is approximately 40 cubic meters (approximately 194 containers) to be treated and disposed as soon as possible. The waste is currently stored at the Manufacturing and Fabrication Complex (MFC) at the INL and the work scope starts with providing the required shipping containers and transporter to receive the waste container from the MFC facility and then transport, treat, as required, and dispose. There are four basic types of containers, as shown below, that due to the high radiation level will require some type of NRC approved shielded shipping container. This EOI shall serve only as a method of establishing technical capabilities and commercial interest. Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in follow-on technical/business discussions.


CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC

James A. Alberico

MS 9103

P.O. Box 2010

Idaho Falls, ID 83403-2010

Or overnight shipping address:

CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC

James A. Alberico TSA 604A

Idaho Falls Warehouse

765 Lindsay Blvd.

Idaho Falls, ID 83415-9103

Responses by e-mail, fax or telephone will be considered nonresponsive.

If you have questions please contact Mr. Alberico at 208-533-0870 or email James.Alberico@icp.doe.gov.

Contracting Office Address:

1955 Freemont Drive

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415

Place of Performance:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Manufacturing Fabrication Complex (MFC)

Scoville, Idaho

United States


The INL is a DOE National Laboratory located approximately 50 miles from Idaho Falls, Idaho and is comprised of several facilities, including nuclear research and development laboratories, and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The current CWI work scope includes the treatment, transportation and disposal of RH-MLLW generated by operations at the INL.

The mixed wastes to be treated include solids, debris, and particulate material, most of which are contaminated with Sodium (Na) or Sodium/Potassium (NaK). Some of the containers contain minor amounts of Sodium contamination and others contain kilogram quantities. There are four different sized containers, as shown below (quantity in brackets):

•1. HFEF-5 Containers - Double container 13" diameter x 73.5" length (outer), 12.75" diameter x 59.2" length (inner). Inner container is carbon steel with a stainless steel outer container. (38 ea)

•2. 24 inch Containers - The 24 inch liners are approximately 14 ft. in length. Contained inside each 24 inch liner is a 16 inch liner approximately 12 feet 4 inches in length. Contained inside each 16 inch liner is a modified 5 gallon paint can filled with waste. Void space filled with sand. (134 ea)

•3. SLSF Containers (26") - Generally contain three 45-gallon inner containers (16 ea) or some of them may contain a single bulk debris container.

•4. Miscellaneous - This group includes 2 - 48" sodium cold traps, 1- 60" nuclide trap and six miscellaneous individual items from 5 gallon drums to 4' x 4' x 8' boxes.

Due to the high radiation levels, DOT compliant shipping containers will be required for shipping of the waste from MFC to the treatment facility. The containers carry various RCRA waste codes including D0001 and D0003. Most of the containers have shield plugs in the top end of the container and some of these plugs are lead. Complete drawings will be provided with the RFP.

An overview of the ranges of radiation levels, sodium content, uranium content and weight expected in the containers is provided below. Interested parties will receive a more comprehensive data package following positive submittal to CWI, which contains more specific container information. General characteristics of the population are as follows:

* Radiation levels .003 - 15,000 R/hr (14% > 1000R/Hr, highest = 22,000, 15,000 and 11,000)

* Na 0 - 681,000 grams (80% < 500 grams and 1% > 10,000 grams)

* NaK 0 - 560 grams

* Uranium 0 - 411 grams

* Weight 15 - 2149 kilo grams

Seven containers are > 500 grams Na and > 1000 R/Hr. Most high radiation containers have low Na content. These radiation levels were measured generally decades ago so actual levels should be less.


Qualified respondents must provide two printed copies of the following information: company name, address, point of contact, email, phone/fax numbers, and a concise summary report that describes the capabilities of the respondent and a listing of all similar recent activities complete with reference names and telephone numbers, and copies of licenses and permits held including NRC and agreement state licenses for radioactive materials, RCRA permits and examples of sodium treatment. If a permit or license would require an update or respondent is working the process for a specific permit/license, address the status and the expected time period to award and any potential issues for award. Respondents must be able to process all or at least a portion of this waste stream. If respondent cannot process the entire waste stream, explain what portion respondent can process. Respondents who provide insufficient information will not be considered further. This EOI is totally separate from all other solicitations involving facilities or services for the treatment of INL mixed low-level waste (MLLW). A follow-on detailed package will be forwarded to parties showing interest and qualification to perform this work. This package will have container by container detail and description of the various container types. The Request for Proposal will be issued later in CY 2011 following adequate funding from the Department of Energy (DOE).

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