New contract sought to move nuclear waste to Carlsbad facility

A new company could be sought to ship nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad for disposal from generator sites across the county.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on June 10 it issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the transportation contract for WIPP, seeking interested firms and proposals for the work and its potential costs.

The contract would carry with it a five-year operating period starting after the present contract with Cast Specialty Transportation expires on May 27, 2022.

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CAST was awarded the current contract in 2017, its fifth in a row since 2000, with an estimated value of $112 million for a five year performance period and 60-day transition.