Source: DOE EM | Release | January 7, 2020

EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $20.4 million for its performance from April 2019 through September 2019, amounting to 97 percent of the available fee.

The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) issued its fee determination scorecard for UCOR for the six-month period of fiscal 2019 after completing its evaluation of the contractor. EM releases information relating to contractor fee payments — earned by completing the work called for in the contracts — to further transparency in its cleanup program.

The contractor received “excellent” ratings for project management and business systems, and regulatory and stakeholder activity; a “good” rating for operations management; and “high confidence” for cost and schedule incentive, according to the scorecard.

UCOR had several significant accomplishments:

  • Identified cost savings that extended the purchasing power of funding to accomplish additional cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
  • Advanced the cleanup of high-priority excess contaminated facilities, which is reducing risks and making valuable land at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) available for future missions.
  • Provided strong support to the Mercury Treatment Facility construction project, which provides vital infrastructure key to future cleanup success at Y-12.
  • Hosted approximately 180 on-site regulatory visits and inspections without any identified violations, permit infractions, or reportable releases.
  • Received numerous awards for safety performance, including the National Safety Council Safety Achievement Award, continuation in the DOE Voluntary Protection Program as a “STAR” site, and the Star of Excellence Award.
  • Exceeded DOE subcontracting goals for small business, including women-owned, HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

OREM also noted areas for improvement. As UCOR ramped up deactivation activities in the Biology Complex, there were opportunities to enhance elements of its temperature extremes and confined space programs. And more effective planning by the contractor can improve efficiency related to maintenance activities on aging infrastructure at ORNL.

View the fee determination letter and the full scorecard here.