SRS is a highly regulated, high-hazard nuclear operations work environment with a long-term national security mission and a near-term environmental management and cleanup mission. SRNS has been the management and operations (M&O) contractor at SRS since August 2008.
SRNS provides site management and operations, environmental management and nuclear operations management services at the SRS. Charged with the most diverse mission in the DOE complex, SRNS employs 6,000 nuclear-trained personnel and ensures the safe, secure and cost-effective management of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and nuclear materials.
SRNS responsibilities include transition, surveillance, maintenance and stabilization, facility decontamination and decommissioning (D&D), environmental remediation, waste management, nuclear material storage disposition and accountability, and project support to manage the site's large-scale, multi-task, multi-disciplinary projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expanded the SRNS scope to include the closure of more than 100 structures and cleanup of contaminated areas.
SRNS resumed a key step in the environmental management mission of the SRS in February 2016. H-Canyon, a major facility at the South Carolina site, restarted the third and finishing step in its spent fuel processing campaign, which had not been run in three years. H-Canyon is the only operating production-scale nuclear chemical separation facility in the U.S. It was originally constructed to produce nuclear materials in support of the nation's defense weapons systems. Today, it continues to play an important role in the efforts to safely eliminate or minimize nuclear materials through stabilization and out-of-state disposition of DOE's nuclear materials.
In 2021, the DOE honored SRNS for innovation in developing a large underground, water-permeable wall, made of recycled iron filings from the automotive industry mixed with a food-grade, starch-like material, to neutralize Cold War-era chemical solvents found in the aquifer beneath the site. The wall is expected to function for more than 30 years with little or no carbon footprint. Energy and project cost savings are approximately $1.2 million per year, with anticipated project savings of more than $35 million over the previous remediation plan.
SRNS has consistently met or exceeded the mandated Small Business (SB) subcontracting requirement of 50% of yearly committed funding on the contract.
Fluor responsibilities include nuclear operations (tritium) and community development. Fluor also managed the Savannah River Nuclear Laboratory (SRNL) until June 2021.