Technical assistance for ISL licensing, USA (Deadline: 20 August 2009)

14 August 2009

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing this Request For Information (RFI) as a means of conducting market research or a market survey to determine the availability and potential technical capability of the business community to provide all management, supervision, administration, and labor for Technical Assistance in the development of environmental documents for uranium recovery, fuel cycle, decommissioning and other Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing support activities. NRC is issuing this sources sought notice in anticipation of award of multiple contracts under both a full and open and small business set- aside.

The NRC’s Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment Directorate (EPPAD) is responsible for performing environmental reviews to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as implemented in 10 CFR Part 51, Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions. EPPAD prepares and reviews environmental documents and consults with other Federal agencies as required under NEPA. Environmental documentation may include, but is not limited to, Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), and the review of other agencies’ NEPA documents. EPPAD also participates in and holds public outreach and meetings in accordance with NEPA requirements.

EPPAD expects to receive a large number of new source materials license applications that will involve the use of the in-situ recovery (ISR), also known as in-situ leach (ISL), process. In anticipation of the receipt of these applications, the NRC prepared NUREG-1910, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities (GEIS) (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1910/), to support an efficient and consistent approach to reviewing license applications for ISR facilities. The NRC staff, with contractor technical assistance, plans to supplement the GEIS with site-specific reviews for new license applications received for ISR facilities. Furthermore, EPPAD anticipates performing environmental reviews to support licensing actions associated with other parts of the nuclear fuel cycle including fuel fabrication and deconversion.

Specific activities include providing technical assistance to the NRC that includes: 1) preparing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEISs) and EISs; 2) preparing EAs; 3) reviewing EISs and/or EAs; (4) studies related to environmental activities; 5) environmental reviews related to decommissioning of materials sites; 7) analyzing impacts to cultural resources and hydrology, and performing analyses of cumulative impacts, environmental justice, and climate change; 8) consulting and coordinating with tribes, states, and other Federal agencies; and 8) supporting NRC staff at public meetings and on adjudicatory hearings, and other aspects associated with preparation of environmental documents as identified in NUREG-1748 (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1748/).

The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to this procurement is 541620, Environmental Consulting Services. Further information on current NRC NEPA reviews can be found at http://www.nrc.gov/materials/active-nepa-reviews.html.

THERE IS NO SOLICITATION AT THIS TIME. This request for capability information does not constitute a request for proposal; submission of any information in response to this market survey is purely voluntary; the Government assumes no financial responsibility for any costs incurred. All small businesses and 8(a) firms are invited to submit a response.

1) Organization name, address, email address, Web site address and telephone number

2) How long has your company been in operations?

2) What type of business is your company (i.e., small, 8(a), etc.)?

3) How many people does your company employ, including consultants? Please break down the mix between the two categories.

4) Describe experience your company has had in supporting a decisionmaker in the development of alternatives for consideration in a NEPA analysis.

5) Describe teaming arrangements your company has formed to perform scopes of work outside your core competencies. Describe both the type of work and how you managed it.

6) Has your company teamed to support the performance of a NEPA review? If so, describe the types of work and technical disciplines assembled.

7) List any companies or government agencies your company either plans to or has performed work for related to civilian nuclear reactors, fuel cycle, or uranium milling facilities. Describe the work performed.

8) Describe any work performed related to the construction, operation, and/or decommissioning of facilities licensed under the NRC regulations found in 10 CFR Parts 30 and 40.

9) Although no geographic restriction is anticipated, if responding organizations are located outside the Washington Metropolitan area, indicate how the organization would coordinate with the NRC program office located in Rockville, MD to provide support to multiple sites.

10) Describe any other information your company deems relevant to support NEPA document preparation.

The Government will evaluate market information to ascertain market capability and capacity to 1) potentially provide the technical assistance consistent in scope and scale with those described in this notice and otherwise anticipated; 2) potential capacity to secure and apply the full range of corporate financial, human capital, and technical resources required to successfully perform similar requirements; 3) potential capability to implement a successful project management plan that includes: compliance with tight program schedules; cost containment; meeting and tracking performance; hiring and retaining key personnel; and risk mitigation; and 4) the scope and breadth of corporate experience with similar Federal contract requirements.

Interested firms responding to this RFI are encouraged to structure capability statements in the order of the areas of consideration noted above. Responding firms should send tailored capability statement electronically to Valerie.whipple@nrc.gov by 3 p.m. EST, on August 20, 2009. This market survey is being conducted through the FedBizOpps to reach the widest possible audience and to gather current market information.

Solicitation Number: RFI-NRC-41-09-019

Contact:

Valerie M. Whipple

valerie.whipple@nrc.gov

Phone: 301-492-3628

12300 Twinbrook Parkway

Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738

United States


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