Contractors to run Tenn., Texas nuclear plants

 A group of contractors headed by Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin has been selected to manage nuclear weapons facilities in Tennessee and Texas.

FILE - In this March 16, 2011 photo, steam escapes from Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill.(AP Photo/Robert Ray, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of contractors headed by Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin has been selected to manage nuclear weapons facilities in Tennessee and Texas.

The National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC was selected to run the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. The contract will also include management of the construction project to build the new uranium processing facility at Y-12.

Consolidated Nuclear Security is composed of Bechtel National, Lockheed Martin Services, ATK Launch Systems Inc. and SOC LLC. The five-year contract will start May 1 and could be extended five years.

The contract also includes the option of managing the Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C., after the first year of the contract.


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