US DOE awards Oakridge clean-up contract to UCOR

29 October 2021

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) on 26 October awarded United Cleanup Oak Ridge (UCOR), the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Contract (ORRCC) at the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. UCOR is a newly formed limited liability company comprising AECOM Energy & Construction, (an Amentum Company), Jacobs Technology and Honeywell International. UCOR’s teaming subcontractors include RSI EnTech, Strata-G, Longenecker & Associates and Environmental Alternatives.

The single award Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract with an estimated contract ceiling of approximately $8.3 billion over a 10-year ordering period will have Firm-Fixed-Price and/or Cost-Reimbursement-type task orders issued to define the contract performance. DOE said the ORRCC contract exemplifies its commitment to continue supporting a highly-skilled, diverse workforce that provides approximately 2,023 jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces. The contract ensures workers have the right to organise, join a union, and bargain collectively with their employers.  Union-represented workers currently make up approximately 46% of the total workforce.

The ORRCC Contractor will be responsible for performing environmental clean-up at the ORR, which includes the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). The ORRCC Contractor will be responsible for clean-up and remedial actions at ETTP; clean-up of excess facilities at ORNL and Y-12; design, construction, and operation of the new onsite disposal facility, Environmental Management Disposal Facility (EMDF); operational activities and surveillance and maintenance for multiple EM operational and non-operational facilities; and core functions for central and project services.

The procurement was competed as a full-and-open competition, and EM received five proposals.  The new contract resulting from this acquisition will replace the ETTP contract awarded to URS/CH2M Oak Ridge. The current contract expires 31 January 2022, but includes one additional six-month option period that could extend it until 31 July 2022.

DOE said one it its strategic goals is to meet the challenges of cleaning up the US Manhattan Project and Cold War legacy. To accomplish this, EM must reduce its environmental liabilities through accelerated clean-up of high-risk areas, resulting in risk reduction and returning land for its projected future use. This goal must be accomplished in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. The goal of this End State contract award is to achieve measurable results toward completion of the DOE-EM mission at the ORR by accomplishing the maximum amount of environmental clean-up within the 10-year ordering period at the best value to the US taxpayer. 


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