The Department of Energy's environmental cleanup mission at the 586-square mile Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state faced technical, political, regulatory, environmental, and other challenges. From Oct. 1, 1996 through Sept. 30, 2008, Fluor Hanford was a prime contractor to the Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office for a major portion of the Site. In this role, Fluor Hanford managed major cleanup activities that included dismantling former nuclear-processing facilities, cleaning up the Site's contaminated groundwater, retrieving and processing transuranic waste for shipment and disposal off-site, maintaining the Site's infrastructure, providing security and fire protection, and operating the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center.
On October 1, 2008, Fluor's role at Hanford changed. Fluor's work was split, with the technical scope being assigned to the Plateau Remediation Contractor. The CH2MHILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) is now spearheading much of the cleanup work associated with former nuclear-processing facilities, contaminated groundwater, and transuranic waste. Fluor is an integrated subcontractor to CHPRC in this effort.
The scope involving site-wide services remained with Fluor, pending the outcome of bids for a new Mission Support Contract. Fluor Hanford's prime contract with DOE was extended until August 24, 2009, to provide site-wide services that included security; fire protection; information technology; analytical services; facilities and land management; water, sewer, and electrical maintenance; custodial services; crane & rigging; and fleet services. Fluor Hanford also operated the HAMMER facility. On August 24, 2009, the Mission Support Contractor, Mission Support Alliance, LLC, assumed Fluor Hanford's remaining scope as a prime contractor at the Site.