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Bristol Awarded $8.6M Remediation Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Alaska District, has awarded Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services Corporation an $8,614,694 firm-fixed-price contract for hazardous waste remedies at Northeast Cape, on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. The project will be managed and run by Bristol Environmental and Remediation Services, LLC.

Northeast Cape is located on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, near the territorial waters of Russia, approximately 135 air miles southwest of Nome. The site has been subject to previous remedial investigations and removal actions, including work by Bristol companies as recently as 2010.

The Bristol companies, both subsidiaries of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, are tasked with providing remediation services, such as excavating, transporting and disposing of soil contaminated by petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  A mobile field-screening laboratory will be set up on the project site to guide the excavation of the contaminated soil.

“It is an increase in our scope of work, for sure,” said Site Superintendent Charles Croley. He estimates 5,500 tons of contaminated soil will be excavated from the site this year, up from the 3,500 tons excavated last year under a separate contract with the USACE.

Bristol has had an award-winning work history with Northeast Cape projects since 2003.  Bristol’s demolition and removal actions at the site earned the following accolades from USACE:  Alaska District “Celebrate Safety” Contractor of the Year (2005), nomination for the Alaska District “Celebrate Safety” Award in 2009 and 2010, and quarterly safety awards for 2003 and 2005.

“We are very familiar with the challenges surrounding this project,” said Project Manager Molly Welker. Among these challenges is the depth of the contaminated soil to be excavated and the groundwater issues in the tundra and wetlands areas where excavations will occur. Also, due to the remoteness of the site, she said, all workers are flown in from Nome and will reside in a remote camp for 8 weeks, and all of the soil and equipment must be shipped off the remote island in barges.

The contract was awarded December 30, 2010. Work is expected to begin this summer.

Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services Corporation and Bristol Environmental Remediation Services, LLC, are both members of the Bristol Alliance of Companies, a group of engineering, construction and environmental services firms owned by Bristol Bay Native Corporation, with offices in Alaska, Washington, Texas and North Carolina.

Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services Corporation provides a full range of civil engineering, permitting and planning services for total project management encompassing planning, design and construction.

Bristol Environmental Remediation Services, LLC, provides environmental consulting, environmental remediation, and waste characterization/disposal services, as well as ordnance and munitions removal, for private and public sector clients at sites across the country.

Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, a regional Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.bristol-companies.com.

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