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For Immediate Release December 5, 2001
Media Contact: Bill Taylor   (803) 725-2889


DOE Announces Availability Of Final RFP For SRS Salt Processing Facility

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Aiken, SC -- Today the Department of Energy (DOE) made available the Final Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of services to design, construct, and commission a facility to process the salt portion of high-level radioactive waste currently stored in underground tanks at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

The Salt Waste Processing Facility Final RFP (DE-RP09-02SR22210) is available at the DOE Public Reading Room at the Gregg-Graniteville Library at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina, or via the Internet at

The Final RFP identifies Caustic Side Solvent Extraction as the preferred technology for the cesium separation process, consistent with the Savannah River Site Salt Processing Alternatives Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the subsequent Record of Decision issued in October 2001.

The Department is seeking to award two Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts for the conceptual design of a Salt Waste Processing Facility based on the Caustic Side Solvent Extraction technology. After conceptual design, DOE will select one of these EPC contractors to perform the remaining design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the facility.

Following a DOE review of all proposals, the Salt Waste Processing Facility contract is anticipated to be awarded in May 2002.




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