Tribal Member Company Gets $19 Million Subcontract

November 2011, CUJ

RICHLAND, Wash. – Phoenix Enterprises NW, a company run by CTUIR member Jonetta Everano, has been awarded a subcontract valued at about $19 million for cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Washington Closure Hanford, which manages the $2.3 billion River Corridor Closure Project for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford site, awarded the subcontract to Phoenix in early October.

The subcontract calls for removal and disposal of two research reactors, a radioactive waste storage vault and several building slabs, and cleanup of waste sites in Hanford’s 300 Area. Optional work potentially could make the subcontract worth up to $24 million.

“Our small business has been extremely fortunate in this current economy and our continued growth is dependent on good personnel and performing our work safely and compliant,” Everano said in an email seeking comment. “This award has many technical challenges that our team looks forward to, and we are extremely excited to continue working safely at the Hanford sites.”

According to a Washington Closure Hanford news release, removing the reactors and vault will complete the bulk of the heavily radioactive cleanup work in the 300 Area.

Phoenix began work in late October by cleaning up two waste sites near two previously demolished buildings in the 300 Area. The waste sites are at the former locations used for research and development work. Phoenix will remove an estimated 12,626 tons of contaminated material from the two locations and transport it to Hanford’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

Phoenix also will remove more than 22,000 tons of contaminated soil from another site that received waste from research laboratories. It contains a vault with two tanks, which were used for temporary storage of highly radioactive liquid waste before it was shipped to the waste tank farms in central Hanford. The tanks have been emptied and filled with grout.

“At 1,700 tons, the grout-filled container will be the heaviest items we have transported and shipped to ERDF for disposal,” said Tom Kisenwether, 300 Area subcontracts manager for Washington Closure.

All work under the subcontract is to be completed by September of 2012.

Five teams bid on the work; Phoenix was the lowest priced bidder. The Phoenix team also includes Barnhart of Memphis, Tenn.; Carter Environmental Services of Nampa, Idaho; Cutting Edge Services Corp. of Batavia, Ohio; LVI Environmental Services of Hayward, Calif.;Meier Enterprises of Kennewick; and MetalFab Inc of West Richland.

This story originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.