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Ventilation system contract for nuclear waste site awarded

November 20, 2018

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A company based in southern New Mexico has been awarded a contract to install a ventilation system at the federal government’s only nuclear waste repository.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that the $135 million contract goes to Critical Applications Alliance of Carlsbad.

The department says the ventilation system is the largest construction project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in nearly 30 years.

And the department says it’s key to restoring operations there.

The construction project is expected to be complete in 2021.

Other work that’s been done includes relocating transmission lines, grading, excavating a storm water runoff pond and putting up construction trailers.

The ventilation overhaul was prompted by a radiation release in 2014 that contaminated portions of the repository and forced its closure for nearly three years.

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