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May 30, 2015

Nuclear reactor barge to be decommissioned in Galveston

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  • Justjay posted at 6:16 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    Justjay Posts: 143

    Thanks Ms Arnold for the updates.

  • swgpao posted at 4:55 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    swgpao Posts: 3

    Answers to inquiry:

    1. On March 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $34.66 million MH-1A STURGIS decommissioning contract to CB&I, a Houston based company. The Corps is working closely with CB&I to plan all of the details of decommissioning, dismantling and disposal. The details associated with subcontractors are being finalized and the Corps will provide the name of the shipyard at the Port of Galveston, along with other project information as it becomes available. Updated information will be provided on the Army Corps of Engineers' website: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/Sturgis.aspx. The website currently includes a fact sheet, historical information, and historical videos on the construction and testing of the STURGIS.

    2. Who will do the environmentally risky work?
    CB&I, based in Houston, is the prime contractor. They have a team of highly trained and experienced professionals who will manage the project. It is important to note that the reactor was de-fueled, decontaminated and sealed before being towed to the James River Reserve Fleet at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va.; where it has been being stored and maintained since 1977.

  • Matt Coulson posted at 11:28 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    Matt Coulson Posts: 149

    Sandra, we appreciate your willingness to fill us in on the details you have, I'm afraid you have stumbled into a family argument about the local news coverage and the lazy, route fashion they use to report important items. I'm sure government regulations that cause cleaning up a barge that has all radioactive material already removed to cost $35 million dollars will be sufficiently stringent to keep us all safe. Micheal, remember you are our watch dog on all things shipping.

  • swgpao posted at 4:23 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    swgpao Posts: 3

    Good afternoon,

    The contract was awarded to a Houston-based company.

    1. Where is it going (which berth in the port city named Galveston)?
    A. I do not have this information yet, but will contact the USACE Baltimore District Monday for an answer. The Baltimore District awarded this contract. I am requesting the contract information be sent to us.

    2. Who will do the environmentally risky work?
    A. I will ask the contractor if this portion is being subcontracted (and to who) and should have an answer Monday.

    I will work to put together a fact sheet of this project for public dissemination.

    Please continue to send me your questions. I will work promptly to have them answered.


  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 1:48 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 657

    Hey Sandy,

    That is clearly the same, vague but accurate, say nothing of substance, no-risk press release upon which the reporter based his pathetic, superficial, non-story.

    It is news to me if CB&I Federal Services LLC is a local facility. If I am correct and they are not local, then the vessel is coming to Galveston in one of two scenarios:

    Either this federal camp-follower that you were required by the FAR's to identify publically has sub-contracted a portion of their $35M windfall to a local ship repair facility, or else they plan to simply put this vessel at the Galveston Wharves for the published tariff and use "others from elsewhere" to do all the work to make this vessel environmentally acceptable to the good folks of Brownsville, who have such a low environmental threshold of acceptability they are happy to have two major ship scrapping Yards in their port..

    In the first case, there is at least the possibility of something positive on the risk-to-benefit scale to the Galveston community. In the second case, there is none.

    Just answer the 2 questions I asked: Where is it going (which berth in the port city named Galveston)?

    And who will do the environmentally risky work?

  • swgpao posted at 1:22 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    swgpao Posts: 3

    Good afternoon,

    I am the chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District awarded a $34,663,325.34 contract to CB&I Federal Services LLC for the decommissioning, dismantling and disposal of the MH-1A nuclear reactor, which is installed on the STURGIS barge. The STURGIS will be relocated in September 2014 to Galveston, Texas, for decommissioning.

    The USACE Galveston District Public Affairs Office posted a news release yesterday announcing the contract http://www.dvidshub.net/news/124324/corps-awards-34-million-contract-decommission-dismantle-nuclear-reactor-galveston-selected-decommissioning-site and contacted local news agencies. We are currently working to identify all parties who will have an interest in this project to include local government, businesses, environmental organizations and non-profit groups among others.

    The USACE Baltimore District is the lead agency on this project, however, our office will work with local parties to provide up-to-date information and help field any questions you may have. The Baltimore District also established a web page to post information about the project http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/Sturgis.aspx.

    I understand this project will generate interest at local, state and national levels and want to ensure you that we will work diligently to answer any questions you have in a timely and transparent manner.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me at swgpao@usace.army.mil.


    Sandra Arnold, APR+M
    Chief, Public Affairs
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District
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  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 1:00 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 657

    Totally unacceptable reporting of what is likely to be a very significant story.

    The two previous posters have it very correct: the single most important details are WHERE will it be docked? Followed by WHO will do the work.

  • Matt Coulson posted at 9:41 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Matt Coulson Posts: 149

    Yes, not exactly full of info this article. Just rewrite the release that the military wants people to know. Maybe the radiation will help break up the bunker oil spill or neutralize any escaped virus from the research facility.

  • Justjay posted at 5:06 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Justjay Posts: 143

    Come on GDN which facility or shipyard is it going to?