Cleanup

AREVA provides risk reduction and cleanup services for the environmental legacy of the nation’s nuclear weapons program. The Clean-Up division operates through AREVA Federal Services in the United States. 

Clean-Up Services

Through AREVA Federal Services (AFS), AREVA constructs and operates facilities to convert radioactive waste into safe, stable forms for ultimate disposition. AFS secures and stores nuclear material in a stable and safe configuration to protect national security. AREVA also provides packaging and transportation of transuranic, high and low-level waste safe and cost-effective manners to reduce risk. The services also include characterization and measurement of radioactive material with non-destructive assay services.

Examples of Project Underway

  • The Hanford tank farms are the largest and most complex environmental cleanup project facing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The challenges go beyond size and complexity.
  • In May, 2008, the DOE awarded Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) the Tank Operations Contract. AFS is a dedicated subcontractor to WRPS.
  • DOE values the ten-year contract (a five-year base period with options to extend up to an additional five years) at $7.1 billion. WRPS assumed responsibility for tank waste mission activities at Hanford under the new contract on October 1, 2008.
  • Approximately 53 million gallons of residual radioactive and chemical waste is stored in 177 large aging underground tanks grouped in 18 farms at the 586 square mile Hanford site.

Plateau Remediation at the Hanford Site

The Plateau Remediation Contract focuses on the safe, environmental cleanup of the Central Plateau of the Hanford Site. The Hanford Site, part of the Department of Energy's environmental management program, is the largest environmental cleanup project in the nation.

In June 2008, the DOE awarded the PRC contract to CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, to which AREVA Federal Services is a dedicated subcontractor, to manage the nuclear waste and facility cleanup at the Hanford site. The 10-year, $4.5 billion effort will complete the Plutonium Finishing Plant project which will store special nuclear material until it can be removed to another location and other waste disposal activities. There is nearly 2,300 tons of spent nuclear fuel, 11.5 tons of plutonium in various forms, and 25 million cubic feet of solid waste in the Hanford Plateau. AFS has leadership positions in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a radioactive sludge and spent nuclear fuel processing facility.

Savannah River Remediation

AREVA Federal Services LLC, as part of Savannah River Remediation, LLC, was awarded the liquid waste operations contract by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the DOE Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina.

Savannah River Remediation, LLC is a limited liability company consisting of URS Washington Division; Bechtel National, Inc.; Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc.; CH2M Hill Constructors, Inc.; and AREVA Federal Services, LLC.

The contract is a cost-plus award-fee contract valued at approximately $3.3 billion over a base period of six years plus two additional option years. BNI, along with URS Washington Division, has held operations contracts at SRS since 1989.