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Savannah River Site Contractors Work Together as Salt Waste Processing Facility Progresses Toward Startup

November 15, 2016

Aiken, S.C. - Two key contractors at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) are sharing employees as the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) moves forward with pre-startup work.

Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at SRS, recently chose to hire 20 Radiological Protection Inspectors through Parsons, the SWPF contractor, to support its part of the work. This gives SRR the workers needed for its current, short-term work – workers who will then remain with Parsons as its part of the project ramps up. It also means the employees are not hired into temporary positions.

On track to be operating in a little more than two years, SWPF will process about 90 percent of the radioactive liquid waste in tanks at SRS. SRR’s part of the project is to connect the existing waste transfer lines to the new SWPF, while Parsons built the facility and is now working on startup. Construction was completed in April 2016.

Keith Harp, SWFP Integration Project Manager for SRR, said this hiring initiative is crucial in order to keep the pre-startup work moving on schedule. Startup is scheduled for late 2018.

“SRR is performing significant work to prepare existing liquid waste facilities to support future SWPF operations,” Harp said. “SWPF startup requires Radiological Protection Inspector coverage above what the current SRR workforce can support.”

Frank Sheppard, SWPF Project Manager for Parsons, said this hiring partnership is an important step in the overall integration process between Parsons and SRR.

“Our two companies have been interfacing effectively during the entire SWPF start-up project,” Sheppard said. “Hiring these workers now and providing the training in the field is a win for DOE, Parsons, and SRR.

The Savannah River Site is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by SRR, which is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and URS Professional Solutions. For more information, visit

Parsons is the SWPF engineering, procurement, and construction contractor at SRS. Parsons provides technical and management solutions to private industrial customers worldwide, as well as federal, regional, and local government agencies. For more information, visit .

Additional information on the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management and the Savannah River Site can be found at or .

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