(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that operations being shut down in the month of October affected the scorecard and led to a demerit.)

Newport News BWXT – the contractor responsible for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s legacy clean-up – received its lowest score yet on its fee determination scorecard and will receive its lowest yearly bonus of $7.16 million.

The scorecard is a performance evaluation and the evaluation offers an award fee of up to $9,279,467. The contractor will receive 77 percent of this. 

According to an article by the Santa Fe New Mexican, “The U.S. Energy Department’s Environmental Management Field Office at Los Alamos issues the scorecards that determine how much of a bonus fee N3B will get in a given year under its $1.4 billion, 10-year contract for the cleanup work.”

The article stated that this is the lowest score the contractor has received since it began the clean-up in 2018, and marks the first time the contractor receives less than 80 percent of the offered bonus.

“N3B officials indicated the two biggest demerits were related to a broken exhaust fan preventing the contractor from adding a processing line for waste shipments, and because of worker safety incidents,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

 An email written by N3B Vice President and Executive Officer Joe Legare stated the worker safety demerits occurred when an employee bumped their head against a utility vehicle and another employee experienced heat illness, according to the article.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s legacy clean-up is the result of hazardous chemicals and radioactive material contamination caused by the creation of an atomic bomb in the Los Alamos area. The city was established as Site Y of the Manhattan Project in 1943 and the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated 200 miles south of Los Alamos, according to the Environmental Management Los Alamos field office. 

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