Washington Group International to continue Upstate New York cleanup

30 March 2005 – Washington Group International Inc. announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, West Valley Nuclear Services Company (WVNSCO), has received a contract extension through December 31, 2005, to meet new cleanup goals established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a former commercial spent-nuclear-fuel- reprocessing facility – the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in upstate New York.

The extension – for work valued at $61m – was awarded to WVNSCO by the DOE which is responsible for the project located at a site owned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“This extension is a confirmation of the unique capabilities our people have to safely manage a project like this across its entire life cycle,” said E. Preston Rahe, Jr., president of Washington Group’s Energy & Environment Business Unit. “During the past two decades, we completed more than $2bn of work for the DOE and State of New York while achieving a world-class safety record and earning the DOE’s most prestigious safety honour: the Voluntary Protection Program Star status.

“At the same time, we developed, designed, built, operated, and shut down a vitrification system that set a world record for operational efficiency, finished ahead of schedule and under budget, and set a world standard for waste canister fill capacity.”