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Energy Department official disagrees with panel on number of SRS contractors

(Aiken-AP) March 23, 2006 - A top Energy Department official disagrees with an oversight group over how many private contractors should manage activities at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

Assistant Energy Secretary James Rispoli says the site needs two contractors: one to handle millions of gallons of high-level radioactive waste and another to manage other activities.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said this month that dividing work between two contractors would make it difficult to review the work. The board is an independent oversight group created by Congress.

Washington Savannah River Company runs the site, but its contract expires at the end of this year. The company is one of several interested in new contracts at the old nuclear weapons complex.

Posted 12:46pm by Bryce Mursch

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