NNSA selects new contractor for Y-12 security

NNSA selects new contractor for Y-12 security

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By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected a new contractor to manage operations at the Y-12 Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) was announced as the new contractor on Tuesday.

CNS is composed of Bechtel National, Inc; Lockheed Martin Services, Inc; ATK Launch Systems, Inc; and SOC, LLC and will immediately begin a four-month transition process to take over management at Y-12 and will officially take the helm on May 1.

The NNSA estimates the new contract will save the agency $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.

"Our nuclear production capabilities are critical to our national security, and this contract puts NNSA in a position to improve mission delivery by generating significant savings that will be reinvested to improve safety, security, quality, and infrastructure," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino.

Locally, it means stability for the Oak Ridge Community.

"We're ready to move forward and it's good to know who's going to be here and it's a long term situation so we're pleased," said Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan.

Mayor Beehan says he is happy the new contractor has some familiarity with the area. Bechtel and Lockheed Martin both have current or former ties to Y-12.

After a break in at the Y-12 facility this summer, questions were raised about the current operator B&W.

"We knew there were going to be possible changes because of the break-in so we had this limbo going on," Mayor Beehan.

B&W was one of the companies bidding for the contract but the NNSA says the break-in was not a determining factor.

"It was given the same due and consideration as all past performances, both positive and negative, but the past performance in its totality was not a determining factor," said an NNSA spokesperson.

The four month transition from B&W to CNS will begin immediately with the new contract taking effect May 1.  For the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance the new management at Y-12 is a welcome announcement.  

"I think it's a great opportunity to look forward for Oak Ridge, it's an opportunity for the contractor selected for the community and for the country," said Ralph Hutchison, a coordinator for OREPA.

The base term of the contract is 5 years, with options that may extend the term up to an additional 5 years.

To extend the contract beyond the fifth year, CNS will be required to deliver on promises made in its proposal regarding efficiencies and to continue to meet mission and other contract requirements consistently.

CNS will also be responsible for designing and overseeing construction of the new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at Y-12, though NNSA has not determined who will ultimately build the facility.

 

 

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