EM completes evaluation


The Office of Emergency Management (EM) has completed evaluations and determined final-period award fees for two prime contracts at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in Piketon.

The former Portsmouth Infrastructure Support Services Contractor, Wastren-EnergX Mission Support LLC (WEMS), was given its final-period evaluation under the contract that expired April 24, 2016. WEMS was rated “excellent” overall, earning a total of $977,425, or 96 percent of the amount of fee available. WEMS earned high marks for “excellent” mission support and maintenance services, as well as quality and timeliness of deliverables. The contractor’s security program support was rated “very good.” Among many achievements, EM noted, WEMS received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program award five consecutive years, and was the Fiscal Year 2015 DOE Complex-wide Small Business of the Year.

Infrastructure support services include facilities and maintenance, fleet and property management, computing, telecommunication, cyber security, records management and document control, safeguards and security, environmental safety and health, and training.

The site’s current deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP), recently received its final-period award fee determination under the original contract period that expired March 28, 2016. Evaluations are continuing since the department exercised its option to modify and extend the period of performance for up to 30 months.

FBP was rated “satisfactory” for the period, earning a total of $6.82 million, or approximately 28 percent of the fee available. That rating included performance and management of the contract and the D&D project. The contractor’s marks were “good” for its performance of environmental, safety, health and quality requirements. That corresponds to $2.27 million, or approximately 60 percent of the amount available in the category. The remaining $4.55 million was earned for certain performance-based incentives, some of which were not fully completed. The evaluation resulted in earnings of 20 to 25 percent of the amounts available in those categories.

EM said that FBP has taken definitive steps to address difficulties with work control and planning, project scheduling, and with meeting milestones. Many environmental, safety, health and quality issues were noted.

EM also said that FBP excelled in its work advancing the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility, as well as its waste management and waste shipping efforts. The contractor was also credited with successfully managing EM’s uranium barter program that helps fund the site cleanup efforts. FBP completed a significant amount of important deactivation work to prepare the site’s first massive process building to a safe and demolition-ready state.

Services provided under FBP’s contract that began in 2011 include demolition and disposal of plant and related facilities, waste management and environmental remediation.

The Portsmouth Site enriched uranium for national defense purposes starting in the early 1950s, and later enriched uranium for nuclear energy production until 2001. EM’s cleanup program at the site commenced in 1989.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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