DOE TRU Waste Processing Center
As prime contractor at the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC) in Lenoir City, TN, WAI is responsible for all aspects of management, operations, and programmatic oversight of the TWPC facility and its mission to safely process and disposition all transuranic (TRU) waste generated by the Oak Ridge Reservation. WAI safely manages, processes, and transports for disposal all remote handled (RH) and contact-handled (CH) transuranic (TRU) waste debris, soils, RH sludge, and supernate waste. Additionally, WAI processes, treats onsite, and prepares for transport low-level radioactive waste (LLW), mixed low-level radioactive waste (MLLW), and hazardous or industrial waste resulting from CH and RH-TRU waste processing. All wastes are processed and packaged for compliant disposal at offsite radioactive waste repositories or disposal facilities – Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for TRU wastes, and the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) or other sites for LLW and MLLW.
WAI is described by the Oak Ridge Office (ORO) as a high-performing contractor and has continued its tradition of excellence in disciplined project management and facility operations. A recent comprehensive (Phase I and II) verification audit of Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) found that WAI’s program met all applicable objectives. The project has achieved ISO 14001 recertification of its Environmental Management Program and a recent DOE ORO comprehensive audit of its Earned Value Management System resulted in no findings or observations. WAI currently operates the TWPC program under the Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) Star Site Status and has twice received the VPP Star of Excellence Award.
Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF)
As the managing partner of WAI Stoller Disposal Operations (WSDO), WAI provides landfill management and operation services to Washington Closure Hanford (WCH). The ERDF is a multi-celled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-regulated landfill that is authorized to accept, stage, treat and dispose of low level radioactive, hazardous, and mixed wastes generated by Hanford Site environmental restoration activities. As the DOE’s largest landfill, the ERDF is a massive complex that covers approximately 107 acres, with a disposal capacity of 18 million tons.
WSDO is responsible for the full spectrum of landfill management and operations at the ERDF, and works closely with all Hanford waste generators to ensure Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) and regulatory compliance during all phases of waste generation, containerization, transport and disposal activities.
DOE Portsmouth GDP Facility Support Services
As managing partner of Wastren-EnergX Mission Support, LLC (WEMS), WAI performs facility support services for the 3,778-acre DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Piketon, OH. The Portsmouth GDP was built in the early 1950’s as part of the Nation’s nuclear weapons complex, and enriched uranium from 1954 until 2001. WAI provides the following facility management and operations services: site security; comprehensive training services; computer, IT, cybersecurity, and telecommunications services; records management; fleet management; preventive and corrective maintenance; roads and grounds maintenance; snow removal; and janitorial services. The Facility Support Services contract has achieved DOE VPP Star Site Status and has twice received the Star of Excellence Award. The contract has additionally assisted the Portsmouth GDP site in achieving the Federal Electronics Challenge Bronze Award as well as DOE Sustainability Awards and Honorable Mentions.
DOE Portsmouth GDP Decontamination and Decommissioning
WAI is a major subcontractor to Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (FPB), the prime contractor to the DOE for the $4.5B decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Piketon, OH. As a DOE Protege to FBP, WAI currently provides waste management services in support of the D&D of three massive uranium enrichment process facilities with a footprint of over 30 acres, along with remediation of associated contaminated soils and groundwater.
WAI recently purchased Geo-Tech Polymers, an environmentally friendly company that specializes in recycling coated plastics used in consumer and automotive applications. Geo-Tech has developed the essential process to remove coatings (paints and metals) and reclaim valuable plastic substrate materials without using chemicals or solvents that can degrade properties and diminish surface appearance. Geo-Tech’s process returns the full value of reclaimed materials to manufacturers for reuse in high-end applications at a significant savings, using environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
DOE DUF6 Conversion Plants Management & Operations
WAI is a major subcontractor to Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services, LLC, the prime contractor to the DOE for the $425M management and operation of the depleted uranium hexafluoride facilities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, OH and the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY. WAI is currently providing transition management support to B&W Conversion Services, LLC. Upon completion of contract transition in April 2011, WAI will provide facility waste management services in support of the conversion of 700,000 metric tons of DUF6 into uranium oxide; a more stable chemical for reuse or disposal at a DOE-approved disposal facility. WAI will also support the final disposal of nearly 62,000 cylinders that are currently being used to store the depleted uranium compounds.
Houston METRO EROC
WAI is the Environmental Remediation Oversight Contractor (EROC) for the Houston Metro Transit Authority, and the $3B Houston METRO Light Rail Expansion Project in downtown Houston, TX. WAI provides all remediation oversight and waste management services for the expansion of the existing light rail transit system into four new corridors totaling an additional 20 LRT miles, which includes the construction of 32 stations, storage and inspection facilities, and renovation of an operations center. WAI’s full range of environmental services includes: regulatory compliance, oversight, and negotiation with Federal and State regulators; environmental permitting and licensing; turnkey environmental site characterization services and environmental media sampling; environmental data management, assessment, and validation; development of remedial strategy, design, and remedial technology deployment for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; turnkey waste management services; contractor management and oversight, and contractor performance assurance; ESH&Q oversight; program and project management.