GTS Duratek wins nuclear cleanup bid Md. firm on $1.18 billion hazardous waste team

December 21, 1996|By Greg Schneider | Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF

GTS Duratek Inc. of Columbia is part of an industry team that won a $1.18 billion contract yesterday from the Department of Energy to clean up a nuclear waste site in Idaho.

On a team led by BNFL Inc. of Great Britain, GTS Duratek will provide its patented vitrification method of disposing of radioactive and hazardous waste by dissolving it in molten glass.

The pair of companies won a similar -- and potentially bigger -- contract in September to clean up waste at one of the country's largest disposal sites in Hanford, Wash. That award has a potential value of $4 billion.

Yesterday's contract "is a great opportunity to do real cleanup and provides a great base on which to further build the company," GTS Duratek president and chief executive officer Robert E. Prince said in a news release.

GTS Duratek is the only company in the country conducting successful, commercial-scale uses of vitrification technology. Prince called the technique "the safest and most cost-effective means of cleaning up nuclear and hazardous wastes."

The new contract involves disposing of up to 65,000 cubic meters of waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory just west of Idaho Falls.

The whole process, from getting permits to constructing the facility and completing the work, could take about 18 years.

Pub Date: 12/21/96

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