AY-102 retrieval wins PMI award

WRPS given prestigious project management awards

The AY-102 Recovery Project was named the international Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute (PMI) at its Oct. 28 Global Conference. From left, Caterina La Tona, vice chair of the PMI Board of Directors, Sebastien Guillot, AY-102 Recovery Project manager, Doug Greenwell, WRPS Retrieval manager, and Mark Dickson, chairman of the PMI board.

Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), an AECOM-led company, received the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2017 Project of the Year Oct. 28 for its work to remove radioactive waste from an underground storage tank at the Hanford Site in Washington state. WRPS is the Hanford tank operations contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection.

The international award was given to the Hanford Double-Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project, in which workers removed more than 725,000 gallons of nuclear waste from a failed storage tank, meeting a critical Settlement Agreement commitment signed with DOE, the Washington State Department of Ecology and WRPS.

“The work we do at Hanford is difficult and hazardous, making it imperative that safety is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Mark Lindholm, WRPS president and project manager. “Our union workers are highly trained, highly skilled and dedicated to completing the job safely. It’s fitting and deserving that their work, supported by our skilled engineers, project managers, and safety, radcon and industrial hygiene staff, is being recognized with this prestigious award.”

PMI’s Project of the Year recognizes large, complex projects that cost in excess of $100 million and demonstrate superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results and positive impacts on society.

The other finalists for the PMI Project of the Year award were DeBeers’ Gahcho Kue diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Sound Transit’s University of Washington Light Rail Extension in Seattle. The winner was announced at the PMI Global Conference in Chicago.

In addition, WRPS’ AP Farm exhauster upgrade project received a PMI Award. Read more…


Lindholm named President and Project Manager for Washington River Protection Solutions

Mark Lindholm

Lindholm named President and Project Manager for Washington River Protection Solutions

Richland, WA – Mark Lindholm has been named President and Project Manager for Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), after serving as acting president of the company since Oct. 1, 2015. Lindholm replaced Dave Olson, who retired from WRPS on Sept. 30, 2015.

Lindholm will lead the remediation of radioactive and hazardous waste tanks at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site. He had been serving as WRPS Chief Operating Officer since January 2015 and has more than 30 years of experience in government nuclear facilities operations, including management positions at Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant, the Idaho Cleanup Project, and the Savannah River Site. He previously held a senior role at WRPS as the manager of Single-Shell Tank Retrieval and Closure from 2008 to 2010.

WRPS, owned by AECOM and EnergySolutions, with integrated subcontractor AREVA, is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection and is responsible for managing and reducing the risk posed by the waste stored in Hanford’s underground tanks.

Washington River Protection Solutions safety manager wins national award

WolfleyRICHLAND, Wash. – Clint Wolfley, Safety and Health manager at Washington River Protections Solutions (WRPS), received the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Award of Excellence on Wednesday for his outstanding leadership, expertise and professional commitment in the safety, health and environmental industry.

With more than 40,000 certified safety professionals, the BCSP is recognized as a world leader in credentialing safety and health practitioners.  Wolfley received the award during a luncheon at the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference in Dallas.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Wolfley said.  “It’s great to be recognized by an organization that is so well respected in the safety community.  Of course, I have to credit my fellow employees.  It’s because of their commitment to safety that WRPS continues to have one of the best industrial safety records among U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractors.”

Wolfley was one of only three safety professionals to earn the Award of Excellence.  He was selected in the category of Construction Health and Safety Technician-certified professionals.  The candidates were evaluated in seven different safety-related categories by a committee of representatives from the BCSP’s board of directors.
Wolfley has served as WRPS safety and health manager since 2010.  He manages a highly skilled, multi-disciplined team of 300 safety and health professionals who provide industrial hygiene, industrial safety, construction safety and fire protection support for a company of 2,000-plus employees.

Last year, WRPS was recognized for achieving Star status in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP Star status recognizes that WRPS has significantly improved its safety and health program, fostered employee involvement, and improved the relationship between managers and workers.

Wolfley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Boise State University and a master’s degree in international construction management from the University of Florida.

About WRPS

WRPS, owned by AECOM and EnergySolutions, with integrated subcontractor AREVA, is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  WRPS is responsible for managing and reducing the risk posed by the waste stored in Hanford’s aging underground tanks.

WRPS to host Vapors Technology Exchange

RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) is planning a Vapors Management Technology Exchange for Feb. 24-25, 2015, to give technology providers, including businesses, universities and national laboratories, the opportunity to learn more about Hanford’s tank farm vapor conditions and offer potential improvements and solutions.

The technology exchange will help identify current and potential technologies and methods of chemical-vapor detection, monitoring, and abatement to improve the tank farm vapor management system.

Attendance at the technology exchange will be by invitation only. Interested parties are asked to respond to an expression of interest posted no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 9, 2015.

WRPS established an independent Tank Vapor Assessment Team (TVAT), led by the Savannah River National Laboratory to examine hazardous chemical vapors management, related worker-protection measures, and recommend actions to eliminate or mitigate vapor exposures.  WRPS has embarked upon a series of actions in response to the TVAT recommendations, including technology evaluation and deployment.

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WRPS attends job fair for disabled workers

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WRPS Talent Development Coordinator Britt Easter and Human Resources Staffing Lead Chastity Bitters greet attendees at a job fair designed to assist disabled workers. WRPS joined more than 30 other area employers who set up booths to take resumes and coordinate interviews. The event, which took place the last week of October at the TRAC in Pasco, was aptly named Building Bridges and Breaking Down Barriers.

“There are so many stereotypes, and the first barrier we have to overcome is the limitations we put on disabled employees because of our own personal biases,” said WRPS Compliance Programs lead Lisa Bunch. “We want to break down existing barriers and move beyond them to expand employment opportunities for disabled workers.”

WRPS exceeds $1 billion milestone in subcontracting awards

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Recipients of the WRPS-sponsored 2014 Small Business Incentive grants were recognized recently at a Tri-City Regional Chamber community meeting.

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently surpassed the $1 billion mark in total subcontract awards issued since taking over the contract in October 2008, with more than 60 percent going to small businesses. WRPS is the Tank Operations Contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection at Hanford, and is responsible for safely managing 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks.

Through September 2014, WRPS awarded a total of $1.02 billion in subcontracts. More than $622 million was given to small businesses, which exceeds WRPS’ small business spending goal by more than $30 million.

“This milestone demonstrates our willingness and commitment to promote small business,” said WRPS Small Business Program Manager Mari Roden. “WRPS feels strongly about working with our current small business partners and setting aside funds to reach out to new small businesses to further promote growth and development in the federal marketplace.”

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, WRPS spent a total of $165 million in subcontracts, with 67.5 percent given to small businesses. WRPS awarded $78 million to local small businesses in FY 2014.

Subcontracting awards are just one of the many ways WRPS works to promote its small business partners. The company continuously supports area chambers of commerce and procurement technical assistance centers as a way to reach out and promote small business subcontracting in the area and encourage growth of local and regional small businesses.

WRPS sponsors an annual networking event, the Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium, which helps local companies learn more about government contracting at Hanford. WRPS also provides funding to support the Tri-City Area Chamber of Commerce’s small business grant program, which offers financial assistance to companies who apply and qualify for the award. WRPS also participates in the DOE Mentor-Protégé program by partnering with local small businesses to create long-lasting relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and enhance the protégés’ ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.