Congressional auditors on Thursday denied a protest filed by the losing bidder for a big contract to manage two of the country's key nuclear-arms sites.
The denial by the U.S. Government Accountability Office of the third protest submitted by Nuclear Production Partners, a consortium headed by Babcock & Wilcox, means the management transition at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear facilities could soon be restarted, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Consolidated Nuclear Security, a group led by Bechtel, in January 2013 won the $22 billion contract to manage the two weapons-complex sites.
The Pantex nuclear-weapons assembly and disassembly facility is located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, which produces highly enriched uranium, is in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the U.S. nuclear-weapons complex, said it plans to restart the transition process at Y-12 and Pantex "as soon as possible."
However, there is a chance that the Babcock & Wilcox-led group could still file a challenge in the U.S. Federal Claims Court, the newspaper reported.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.