Smooth transition for new DOE contractor

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URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC took over the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation for the U.S. Department of Energy last Monday after a safe, three-month transition.

The company, known as UCOR. is headquartered in Roane County at East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Site), where most of the cleanup efforts will be centered.

The 90-day transition with Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC, the former contract holder, encompassed 1,376 activities and focused on people, physical conditions, program and procedures readiness, establishing a performance measurement baseline, and fulfilling all contract requirements and proposal commitments.

Throughout the transition, safety was paramount, both for the transition team and for the ETTP workers.

“UCOR recognized the challenges posed by transition, and developed and implemented strategies to assure the safety of transition personnel throughout the period,” said UCOR President Leo Sain. “Safety performance through the transition period was excellent with no incidents or injuries of any kind.”

Constant communications with the workforce minimized distractions, helping to assure performance remained constant.

“This is a testament to the professionalism of the ETTP workforce,” said Sain. “Transition is always a time of stress and distraction. The ETTP workers kept focused on their tasks and stayed safe.”

“The Department of Energy is pleased with the way the transition process was conducted,” said John Eschenberg, assistant manager for environmental man-
agement for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office.

“The transition was conducted with a focus on safety for the workers and the program.  I am confident that this will continue as UCOR assumes their role as the primary environmental cleanup contractor for the Oak Ridge Reservation.”

UCOR’s $2.2 billion contract has an initial five-year term, and a four-year option period.

Subcontractors will comprise 60 percent of the total contract, with half of those contracts set aside for small businesses.  

UCOR will complete the cleanup of ETTP and other services such as facility surveillance and maintenance, and waste management operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The former K-25 Site began operations during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project.  From 1945-85, the site produced enriched uranium for the commercial nuclear power industry. The facility was permanently closed in 1987.

Restoration of the environment, decontamination and decommissioning of facilities, and management of the legacy wastes have since been the main activities at the site.