The Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, following a rigorous procurement process, has established a supply contract with Holtec Government Services, a Holtec International subsidiary, for fabrication, testing and delivery of twelve HalfPACT Type B transportation containers for shipment of transuranic waste to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. NFT-EPD, an experienced Carlsbad-based manufacturer, is the named subcontractor to Holtec Government Services on this project. 

Transportation Casks Containing Contact-Handled Transuranic Waste. Image courtesy of the DOE.

Holtec’s Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Joy Russell, welcomed the selection of NFT-EPD stating, “It has been a focus of Holtec to support the economic development of Southeast New Mexico since being invited to the region by the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA) in 2015 as their partner for the consolidated interim storage facility for the Nation’s used nuclear fuel. Utilizing NFT-EPD, a Carlsbad company, is in line with Holtec’s commitment to create employment opportunities in the region.”

Following the commissioning of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 1999, NFT-EPD began the fabrication of waste transportation containers for WIPP and continues to provide the maintenance services for these container types today. “The world-class manufacturing facilities and the robust quality program of Holtec International provide Type B transportation and storage casks for spent nuclear fuel and non-fuel radioactive waste to 74 nuclear plants in the U.S. and 64 nuclear plants internationally. Combined with the proven experience of NFT-EPD, this ensures that Team Holtec is poised to deliver waste transportation containers of the highest quality to Nuclear Waste Partnership,” says Vice Admiral (retired) Fritz Roegge, President of Holtec Government Services. 

DOE Contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership manages and operates WIPP, which is America’s only repository of transuranic waste, where it is safely and permanently deposited 2,150 feet underground in a stable geological salt formation. Since its establishment in 1999, WIPP has received more than 13,000 shipments of transuranic waste and continues to actively receive an average of 5-7 shipments per week from multiple DOE sites throughout the country.

“We view this project as a milestone opportunity to support the national defense and energy goals of our country while generating well-paying jobs for residents of local communities like Carlsbad and scrupulously upholding the tenets of environmental justice,” proclaims Myron Kaczmarsky, Vice President of Holtec Government Services.