N3B has announced it has completed transition for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).
N3B’s contract standup brings LANL in line with the model DOE uses at its national laboratories and production facilities across the country, where the environmental cleanup mission is managed separately from the operations mission.
N3B is responsible for carrying out EM-LA’s legacy cleanup and legacy waste management mission at LANL. Los Alamos National Security (LANS), the Management and Operating (M&O) contractor, continues to operate LANL for the National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA).
LANL, first established under the WWII Manhattan Project effort and later managed by the Atomic Energy Commission, is considered the first DOE site. In 2015, DOE committed to separate the legacy cleanup work at LANL from the M&O contract so that the M&O contractor could concentrate on the essential work of the Laboratory mission, including science, technology, global security, and weapons programs. DOE awarded N3B the LLCC in December 2017.
Since January 2018, N3B has been working to stand up its organization, including hiring staff, many of whom previously worked in the cleanup sector at LANL and at other DOE sites. N3B also has been walking down the cleanup areas to evaluate conditions, establishing processes, and deploying new business systems. EM-LA, NA-LA, LANS and N3B have collaborated to coordinate interagency agreements and to establish common security protocols, site access, emergency management preparedness, and other important operational functions.
“We put together a great team, with a vast amount of experience in cleanup from around the DOE complex,” said Nick Lombardo, N3B President and Program Manager. “We bring that nationwide knowledge to bear at LANL. I am proud of my management team for the work they have done to get us to this point and ready to start the important work of EM-LA. We appreciate all of the coordination that LANS has provided. We are pleased that so many people have chosen to join our team – either directly with N3B, or with our critical subcontractors Tech2 Solutions and Longenecker & Associates, and the other local subcontractors. Our team is ready to go, to take up the important work of cleanup at LANL,” he said.
N3B is a limited liability company comprised of Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries) and BWX Technologies. N3B is a single purpose entity created to perform the cleanup work at LANL.