SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Federal regulators are seeking proposals for a contract for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where tons of hazardous waste and contamination remains after decades of research.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the federal government on Thursday issued its draft request for proposals environmental remediation of the radioactive and otherwise hazardous materials at the site.
In 2014 the Department of Energy decided to separate the cleanup from the labs overall operating contract, which has been held by Los Alamos National Security LLC since 2006. The shift came after a drum of radioactive waste leaked at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at Carlsbad.
The total estimated value of the new cleanup contract is approximately $1.7 billion.