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NNSA Awards $91.5M Contract for S.C. Nuclear Waste Processing Building

An Ohio firm has received a $91.5 million contract to help construct a building that would process waste from plutonium disposal operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced yesterday (see GSN, May 4).

Baker Concrete Construction Inc. is set to carry out work the planned Waste Solidification Building, a site that would convert radioactive waste from nuclear warhead pit elimination and mixed-oxide fuel production into a cement-like substance for final disposal. The building's construction is expected to cost $345 million.

“This announcement is an important step forward for our plutonium disposition program,” NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator Ken Baker said in a statement. “The Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility and the supporting Waste Solidification Building are key elements in this important nonproliferation effort to eliminate surplus plutonium in a transparent and irreversible manner.”

The MOX facility is expected to generate nuclear power plant fuel from no less than 34 tons of weapon-grade plutonium, which is enough material for 8,500 bombs (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, July 16).

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