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SOURCES SOUGHT SYNOPSIS / REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

NATIONWIDE LOW-LEVEL AND MIXED LOW-LEVEL WASTE TREATMENT SERVICES

***THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT SYNOPSIS / REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI). This RFI is released pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15.201 for market research purposes only. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO seek proposals or AWARD A CONTRACT AT THIS TIME. ***

Solicitation Number:  89303320REM000060

Summary:


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the planning stages for a follow-on procurement for waste treatment services. DOE requires the treatment of radioactive waste for final compliant disposition of liquid, solid, sludge, and/or gaseous low-level waste (LLW), and mixed low-level waste (MLLW) including high gram quantities that could also contain Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), and the performance of other ancillary waste services including Bulk Survey for Release (BSFR) materials. Waste material to be treated originates from Federal facilities and is derived from operational processes, clean-up, and remediation activities.  This service supports the EM mission of safely completing the cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. The current seven (7) Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) for these services expire in June 2020.

DOE is seeking interested parties that have the specialized capabilities, or will soon have the specialized capabilities, required to accept, store, repackage, and treat the DOE waste types described above. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 562211 – Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, Size Standard $41.5 Million (annual receipts).

All interested parties are invited to submit a capability statement of no more than fifteen (15) pages, and no smaller than 12 point Times New Roman font. The Government will assess each capability statement to determine if the source is capable of satisfying the requirements based on its demonstrated capabilities, expertise, experience, and overall responses to the questions listed below.

All capability statements must include: name of firm, or firms if a teaming arrangement is proposed, point of contact, phone number, address of firm(s), and the DUNS number for the prime entity. Additionally, capability statements should include the following information as appropriate and as applicable:  

  1. Describe the capabilities your organization has, or will shortly have, that is unique for the treatment of the following categories of waste including  non-PCB, TSCA and RCRA regulated waste, PCB, RCRA metals, reactive metals including sodium bearing waste, combustible, non-combustible, soils, sludges, solids, debris, organic constituents, elemental mercury and compounds, EPA waste codes for Ignitability (D001), Corrosivity (D002), Reactivity (D003), Toxicity due to contamination with RCRA-regulated toxic metals and organic compounds (D004 through D043), F, K, P, and U, labpacks, compressed gasses, combustible liquids (non-wastewaters), non-combustible liquids (may be wastewaters, metal bearing inorganic wastes), liquid aqueous and organic RCRA non-wastewaters, slurries, and wastewaters.  Certain waste streams may be classified and require special provisions. Treatment services for LLW and MLLW may include, but is not limited to, macro-encapsulation, stabilization, vacuum-assisted thermal desorption, thermal treatment, incineration, combustion, thermal destruction, solvated electron, labpacking, etc.

 

  1. Describe your organization’s approach to accept, transport, store (including long-term management and storage of elemental mercury), repackage, treat, or otherwise disposition these wastes. Also describe all residual, byproduct and secondary waste, and the approach to treat or dispose of this waste.  This may include storage, transportation and packaging of this treated material.  Describe the estimated capacity/throughput of the approach.  Include your organization’s approach to waste characterization and identify DOE accredited laboratories to be used or are currently used.
  1. Identify any challenges and risks involved with your organization’s capabilities and approach. Identify how your organization would minimize these risks.

 

  1. Describe your organization’s operating or proposed facilities and wastes currently being treated and associated regulatory requirements (Identify applicable laws, regulations and statutes, and the status of your associated permits and licenses). Identify any restrictions or waste categories that are restricted by your permits or licenses. 
  1. If your organization does not currently have technical or regulatory capabilities, but will in the near future, include a forecast schedule as to when these technical and regulatory capabilities will be available to treat the described waste. Identify all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and regulatory issues that would need to be addressed relative to the interested party’s approach.

 

  1. Identify new waste treatment methods and general waste acceptance criteria for the new treatment methods and/or approaches. 
  1. Identify alternative/recycling disposition strategies for any wastes (or potential wastes) that may not require permitted or licensed treatment and disposal.

 

  1. Discuss ideas, opinions, and interest in participating in all or part of the treatment of the LLW and MLLW that could also contain TSCA chemicals including PCB, and the performance of other ancillary waste services including Bulk Survey for Release (BSFR) materials.
  1. Discuss your organization’s ability to process all of the waste types described above that are also considered classified.
  2. Provide a brief experience write-up of all DOE, other Government, or other commercial experience relevant to this RFI (include contract number, date, scope, duration, client, and contracting agency contact).

11) Identify socio-economic status  1) small business; 2) 8(a) small business; 3) HUBZone small business; 4) small disadvantaged business; 5) woman-owned small business; 6) service-disabled, veteran-owned small business; or 7) large business.

Attachment #1, provided as a reference to this RFI, includes current estimates of volumes, by assumed general treatment technology that may be generated through DOE mission activities, including environmental cleanup. This data is based on the waste forecasts contained in the Department’s baseline disposition data (2019) (available at http://www.emwims.org) and provides a bounding case for planning purposes (it should be noted that these forecasts are currently being revised). The estimates reflect preliminary processes and plans, informed by past experience. These are preliminary plans and can be subject to significant revisions as a result of future budget appropriations.

Attachment #2, provided as a reference to this RFI, is the Draft Performance Work Statement.

DOE reserves the right to use any and all information submitted by, or obtained from, an interested party in any manner DOE determines is appropriate, including, but not limited to, the creation of a competitive solicitation. An interested party should avoid including any classified, business confidential, and/or proprietary information in its response.  However, if an interested party must submit such information, the information must be clearly marked accordingly, and the interested party must provide sufficient justification as to why such information is business confidential and/or proprietary. DOE will review the information and safeguard it appropriately.

The Government will not pay for any information that is provided in response to this announcement nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information.

Responses shall be submitted electronically to Courtney Stallworth, Contracting Officer , at LLW_MLL_WasteTreatment@emcbc.doe.gov no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT on November 26, 2019.  All questions pertaining to the announcement should be directed to Ms. Stallworth by email  by 4:00 p.m. EDT November 19, 2019.   DOE personnel may contact firms responding to this announcement to clarify a responder’s capabilities and other matters as part of this market research process.

THIS ANNOUNCMEENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO AWARD A CONTRACT AT THIS TIME.

Place of Performance: Contractor waste treatment facility, unknown.

Contracting Officer:

Courtney Stallworth
513-246-0479
Courtney.Stallworth@emcbc.doe.gov


 

ATTACHMENT 1

Waste Treatment Volumes (m3)

Treatment

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Totals

Compaction/Supercompaction

100.00

100.00

194.00

194.00

194.00

194.00

976.00

Incineration

5.61

5.85

4.91

4.57

3.22

3.15

27.31

Macroencapsulation

2,399.21

1,652.49

2,155.05

2,712.96

662.28

522.00

10,104.00

Metal Melting

114.40

143.30

128.90

100.00

133.21

100.00

719.81

Multiple/Various*

302.19

421.75

418.45

409.40

409.58

440.59

2,401.96

Neutralization

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Other Thermal Treatment

622.10

645.70

1,059.45

1,010.95

1,061.45

1,049.05

5,448.70

Sort/Segregate

5.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

30.00

Stabilization/Solidification

18.48

16.98

15.57

5.55

7.52

4.15

68.24

Total

3,566.99

2,991.07

3,981.34

4,442.42

2,476.26

2,317.93

19,776.01

 

*Multiple/Various includes the following waste streams:
LLW Aqueous Liquids
LLW Oil
LLW Labpacks
LL Scintillation Vials
LLRW for volume reduction - bulk waste assay
Organic contaminated solids
Radioactive metals

 

MLLW - Aqueous Liquids/Sludges/Soils for Treatment
MLLW - Corrosive Liquids w/Characteristic Metals for Treatment
MLLW - Misc. Hg Bearing Waste
MLLW - Misc. Reactive Metals including sodium bearing waste
MLLW – Debris
MLLW - Labpacks

 


 




 
 
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