GTS Duratek, partners near $6.9 billion pact

MARYLAND WATCH

July 23, 1998

GTS Duratek, a Columbia hazardous-waste-disposal company, said yesterday that it and several partners have reached agreement with the Department of Energy on a contract worth about $6.9 billion for cleanup at a federal storage site for radioactive waste.

GTS Duratek and its lead partner, BNFL Inc. of Britain, will immobilize up to a quarter of the radioactive materials in 54 million gallons of waste at the federal Hanford Site near Richland, Wash.

The government stores radioactive byproducts and nuclear waste in 177 underground tanks at Hanford.

The work is to be completed by 2018. GTS Duratek treats low-level nuclear waste through vitrification, in which the dangerous material is melted into inert glass.

The companies have negotiated terms of the contract with the department and expect to receive the final award after a 30-day review by Congress.

The work includes a 24-month design and permitting period, followed by construction of the facilities and waste treatment.

GTS Duratek is performing similar work at a disposal site in South Carolina.

Pub Date: 7/23/98

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