GTS Duratek wins pact for Maine nuclear study


September 23, 1997

GTS Duratek of Columbia has won a $2 million contract to help plan the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant in Maine, and is aiming for a far bigger job.

GTS Duratek will spend four to six months characterizing the radioactive and hazardous material at Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscassett. Its report on the materials and how to handle them will serve as a framework for the overall decommissioning plan.

The total cost of decommissioning could be as much as $500 million. GTS Duratek would like to win the job of handling all the dangerous waste, which could be 20 percent to 30 percent of the total work, a company spokeswoman said.

Robert E. Prince, GTS Duratek president and chief executive, said such work "requires support by companies with specialized knowledge in characterizing, sorting, processing, transporting and determining the least [expensive] methods of disposing of radioactive waste."

Since acquiring another large waste-disposal firm this year, GTS Duratek "is the only U.S. company which has all of these services integrated together," Prince said.

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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