Statement regarding WTP plant design

28 September 2012

“Our design and construction of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will result in a facility that safely treats the radioactive and chemical waste stored in the aging underground tanks that currently threatens millions of people and the environment.  Based on our initial review, the issues raised in the memo are not new and have been addressed in concert with DOE--some as long as a decade ago--with solutions validated by renowned industry experts.  It is important to remember this is a first-of-a-kind project and resolving issues are part of the iterative process to ensure a sound solution. Consistent with our best practices and prudent science, we continue to work with independent experts to ensure WTP will safely address the real risk to the community, which is in the tanks.  Bechtel is the most experienced constructor of nuclear facilities and is the most capable contractor to solve this issue effectively in partnership with DOE.”