The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified approximately 250 radioactive sources including byproduct materials, special nuclear materials, and source materials at the Gaithersburg campus that are no longer serving scientific purposes at NIST.
Due to their age and, in some cases, high level of radioactivity, these sources present a potential safety hazard if long term storage continues. External auditors as well as the regulatory agencies that govern radioactive materials have recommended disposal.
Given the complexity associated with the disposal of large and/or old radioactive sources, as well as the rigorous regulatory requirements for packaging and shipping for such materials, NIST requires a contractor with the expertise and the applicable permits or licenses to perform the packaging, transportation, and disposal of the unwanted/disused radioactive sources.
A firm fixed-price contract is anticipated. Further details are available under Solicitation Number: SB1341-14-RQ-0247.