Opportunity: Amendment 2 - Navajo AUM - AMRCS

Description 

Amendment 2 corrects due date in RFI to January 4, 2019. THIS IS A REQUEST for INFORMATION (RFI) regarding the attached Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP). The DRFP is being released for COMMENT ONLY. This is not a synopsis preceding the issuance of a solicitation. Rather, it is market research issued solely for information purposes - it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or any other solicitation. This notice does not commit the U.S. Government to contract for any supply or service. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is not seeking proposals at this time. Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay any cost incurred in response to this notice. All costs associated with responding to this notice will be solely at the interested parties' expense. Any information provided by industry to the Government as a result of this notice is voluntary. Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future solicitation. It is recommended that interested parties monitor the Federal Business Opportunities website (http://www.fedbizopps.gov) and FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/) for any information that may pertain to this notice. The information provided in this notice is subject to change and is not binding on the Government. The purpose of this RFI is to Request Comment on the DRFP for this requirement; which includes potential evaluation criteria for Navajo area- Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS). To ensure the formal solicitation is executed in the most effective manner possible, we are posting the DRFP to offer an opportunity for industry to provide feedback. Your questions and input will be used to further refine, improve, or clarify these requirements. All Information and documentation posted under this notice are preliminary in nature and may be updated or amended prior to the release of the formal solicitation. NOTICE INFORMATION 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: 68HE0918R0014 2. TITLE: Navajo Area- Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS) 3. PRODUCT SERVICE CODE: F108- Hazardous Substance Removal, Cleanup, and Disposal Services 4. NAICS CODE: 562910- Environmental Remediation Services- Environmental Remediation Services a. Size Standard: 750 Employees 5. ANTICIPATED RFP RELEASE: Spring 2019 6. ANTICIPATED MAGNITUDE: $220,000,000 7. ANTICIPATED CONTRACT TYPE: Multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) 8. ANTICIPATED SET-ASIDE INFORMATION: Total Small Business Set-Aside 9. DESCRIPTION a. Background: Under the authority of Section 104 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Super fund of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); Subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recover y Act (RCRA) and pursuant to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) (40 CFR Part 300); and in accordance with any reauthorizations or amendment s to any of the above named statutes and new response legislation, the EPA has been delegated the responsibility to undertake response actions with respect to the release or threat of r el ease of, hazardous substances, or pollutants and contaminants, that pose an actual or potential threat to human health or welfare, or to the environment. b. Navajo Area Uranium Mines (USEPA Region 9) The Navajo Nation encompasses more than 27,000 square miles, spread amongst the Four Corners Region of the USA (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona). The unique geology of the region makes the Navajo Nation rich in uranium, a radioactive ore in high demand after the development of atomic power and weapons at the close of World War II in the 1940s. Approximately four million tons of uranium ore were extracted during mining operations within the Navajo Nation from 1944 to 1986. Many Navajo people worked the mines, often living and raising families in close proximity to the mines and mills. Uranium mining and milling activities no longer occur on Navajo lands, but the legacy of these activities remains, including more than 500 abandoned uranium mine claims with thousands of mine features such as pits, trenches, holes, etc., and homes and drinking water sources with elevated levels of uranium, radium and other radionuclides. Uranium and other elements (selenium, arsenic, etc.) associated with mine and mill sites also occur naturally at elevated levels in rock, soil, surface water, and groundwater across the Navajo Nation and the broader Four Corners region. USEPA maintains a strong partnership with the Navajo Nation and, since 1994, the USEPA Superfund Program has provided technical assistance and funding to assess potentially contaminated sites and develop a response. In August 2007, the USEPA Superfund Program compiled a Comprehensive Database and Atlas of all known uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. In October 2007, at the request of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, EPA, along with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Indian Health Service (IHS) developed a coordinated https://www.epa.gov/navajo-nation-uranium-cleanup to address uranium contamination in consultation with Navajo Nation EPA. In January 2013, these federal agencies, in consultation with the Navajo Nation, completed a five-year effort to address uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation. The effort focused on the most imminent risks to people living on the Navajo Nation. While the last five years represent a significant start in addressing the legacy of uranium mining, much work remains and the same federal agencies have collaborated to issue a second https://www.epa.gov/navajo-nation-uranium-cleanup . The purpose of the second Five-Year Plan is to build on the work of the first plan, make adjustments based on information gained during this period, and plan the next steps in addressing the most significant risks to human health and the environment. Although the legacy of uranium mining is widespread and will take many years to address completely, the collaborative effort of USEPA, other federal agencies, and the Navajo Nation will bring an unprecedented level of support and protection for the people at risk from these sites. Much work remains to be done, and USEPA is committed to working with the Navajo Nation to remove the most immediate contamination risks and to find permanent solutions to the remaining contamination on Navajo lands. c. Grants Mining District (USEPA Region 6) The Grants Mining District comprises an area of 100 miles by 25 miles that was the primary location of uranium extraction and production activities in New Mexico from the 1950s until late into the 20th century. The Grants Mining District extends along the southern margin of the San Juan basin in Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, and Bernalillo counties as well as Tribal lands. Three mining sub-6 districts located within the Grants Mining District-Ambrosia Lake, Laguna, and Marquez-contain 97 legacy uranium mines with recorded uranium ore production of over 52 million tons outside of the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. During the operational period, many of the larger mines conducted extensive dewatering to access ore below the water table. Most effluent from dewatering received little or no treatment before discharge to the ground or surface drainages during the majority of the mine operational period, causing perennial stream flows in major drainages. The extensive dewatering operations significantly changed areal hydrologic conditions, resulting in continuing influx of oxygenated ground water to areas that were dewatered during the mine operational period. Other environmental impacts may have been caused by erosion and leaching of mine waste materials, some of which were deposited into arroyos where it remains to the present-day, and by the reported operation of on-site heap-leach and stope-leaching operations. Few of the legacy uranium mine sites have undergone surface reclamation, and many have physical hazards that remain such as open adits and shafts, as well as uncontrolled waste rock and ore piles on-site. d. Both Regions 6 and 9 The primary hazardous substance on all the sites referenced in the requirement¿s Statement of Work (SOW) is radiological mine and mine related waste; therefore, a significant knowledge base of radiological material handling, environmental data interpretation, and data collection will be required to perform the activities within this SOW. The terrain to access site locations is rough, water is scarce, and the weather is often extreme in most areas. The trails and/or roads to the sites are not improved or maintained. To reach the site locations, 4-wheel drive vehicles (capable of drives over rough dirt/rocky roads) and/or hiking long distances is required. Roads can become impassable in wet weather, and conditions can change quickly. In summer, the conditions are hot and dry; in winter, elevations make them subject to severe cold and high winds. Due to the quick changes in the weather, be aware of the danger of flash floods. While this danger is greatest during the summer monsoon season (July through September), flash floods can occur at any time of the year. e. Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of the Navajo Area Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS) contract is to provide cleanup, response, and construction services to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), primarily at former uranium mining-related sites on or within the Navajo Nation (within EPA Region 9 in Arizona and New Mexico) and within the Grants Mining District (located in EPA Region 6 New Mexico). The selected contractor(s) will be required to comply with OSHA 1910.120(e)(3)(ii) for working on a site with known and characterized hazardous substances. A minimum of 40-hour HAZWOPER training for all contractor personnel working on site is required, and must be able to provide current certifications. 10. DESCRIPTION OF INFORMATION REQUESTED: The USEPA is seeking comments on the attached DRFP. The Government will consider all comments, questions, and issues raised by all prospective offerors in formulating requirements for any resultant solicitation document. The information contained here reflects the Government's anticipated requirements as of the date on this posting. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments regarding a possible acquisition. The issuance of this notice is designed to gather as much information as possible to ensure that the Government's requirements are clear and concise; and possibly improve the requirements based on industry best practices and lessons learned, which may be stated in a future solicitation. SUBMITTAL INFORMATION A cover page and an executive summary may be included in the response, but is not required. All interested parties may respond. At a minimum, responses should include the following: a. Business name, DUNS number, business address, size and type of business (e.g., Large Business, Small Business, 8(a), HubZone, Woman Owned Small Business etc.) pursuant to the applicable NAICS code, and the name, telephone number, mailing address, and email address of a point of contact having authority and knowledge to discuss responses with Government representatives. b. After reviewing the DRFP, what input and/or recommendations have you identified that can contribute to the effectiveness of this solicitation? Suggested areas to address: a. Points for clarification b. What modifications should be considered to make the solicitation more effective and/or attainable c. Any comments you think may be helpful or relevant for consideration d. Provide any other information that may be helpful in developing or finalizing the acquisition requirements. The Government is not responsible for locating or securing any information not identified in the response. The Government encourages creativity and innovation in responses to this notice, as well as any comments and/or suggestions from any interested party, regarding this potential requirement. While the Government will not respond directly to your comments and/or suggestions; we will consider them as we finalize the specifications in preparation for any upcoming solicitation. 11. QUESTIONS A written response will be provided as an amendment to this notice, for all questions received 5 days before the closing date. Please note that the ¿questions¿ referred to in this section are only clarifying questions regarding this RFI notice, and not questions pertaining to the DRPF which should be included in the responses received by interested parties. No telephone calls will be accepted requesting a bid package or solicitation. There is not a bid package or solicitation. To protect the procurement integrity of any future procurement, if any, that may arise from this announcement, information regarding a technical point of contact will not be given. Please refer all questions/comments to the Contracting Officers, Mr. Dennis Tremethick and Ms. Autumn Roe. FedConnect is the preferred method of correspondence. However, if you are experiencing technical difficulties with the site, please submit questions to: tremethick.dennis@epa.gov and roe.autumn@epa.gov. If you submit questions via email, please put ¿68HE0918R0014- Draft RFP Questions¿ in the subject line. FedConnect will be the sole repository for all information related to this RFI. Vendor questions and Government responses will be posted to FedConnect. No questions will be addressed via oral communication. 12. FORMAT OF RESPONSES Interested parties must be registered in FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/) and are highly encouraged to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/) The Government may not award contracts to businesses not registered in SAM. All responses to this notice must be submitted electronically to the Contracting Officer via FedConnect. The response can be submitted to the Primary Contracting Officer, Dennis Tremethick and Autumn Roe - the Alternate Contracting Officer, at e-mail addresses tremethick.dennis@epa.gov and roe.autumn@epa.gov, only if technical difficulties are experienced with FedConnect. Please provide no more than ten (10) pages, 12-point font, minimum one-inch margins, in Microsoft Word format with a ".docx" or ".doc" extension or in Adobe format with a ¿.pdf¿ extension. If additional information is required, we may contact you to discuss your submission in more detail. The EPA reserves the right to request additional information, onl THIS IS A REQUEST for INFORMATION (RFI) regarding the attached Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP). The DRFP is being released for COMMENT ONLY. This is not a synopsis preceding the issuance of a solicitation. Rather, it is market research issued solely for information purposes - it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or any other solicitation. This notice does not commit the U.S. Government to contract for any supply or service. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is not seeking proposals at this time. Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay any cost incurred in response to this notice. All costs associated with responding to this notice will be solely at the interested parties' expense. Any information provided by industry to the Government as a result of this notice is voluntary. Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future solicitation. It is recommended that interested parties monitor the Federal Business Opportunities website (http://www.fedbizopps.gov) and FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/) for any information that may pertain to this notice. The information provided in this notice is subject to change and is not binding on the Government. The purpose of this RFI is to Request Comment on the DRFP for this requirement; which includes potential evaluation criteria for Navajo area- Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS). To ensure the formal solicitation is executed in the most effective manner possible, we are posting the DRFP to offer an opportunity for industry to provide feedback. Your questions and input will be used to further refine, improve, or clarify these requirements. All Information and documentation posted under this notice are preliminary in nature and may be updated or amended prior to the release of the formal solicitation. NOTICE INFORMATION 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: 68HE0918R0014 2. TITLE: Navajo Area- Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS) 3. PRODUCT SERVICE CODE: F108- Hazardous Substance Removal, Cleanup, and Disposal Services 4. NAICS CODE: 562910- Environmental Remediation Services- Environmental Remediation Services a. Size Standard: 750 Employees 5. ANTICIPATED RFP RELEASE: Spring 2019 6. ANTICIPATED MAGNITUDE: $220,000,000 7. ANTICIPATED CONTRACT TYPE: Multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) 8. ANTICIPATED SET-ASIDE INFORMATION: Total Small Business Set-Aside 9. DESCRIPTION a. Background: Under the authority of Section 104 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Super fund of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); Subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recover y Act (RCRA) and pursuant to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) (40 CFR Part 300); and in accordance with any reauthorizations or amendment s to any of the above named statutes and new response legislation, the EPA has been delegated the responsibility to undertake response actions with re

Overview 
Reference number: 68HE0918R0014
Issue date: 12/07/2018
Response due: 01/04/2019 07:30 PM US/Eastern

Set Aside: Total Small Business
NAICS: 562910
PSC / FSC: F108-ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS PROTECTION- ENVIRONMENTAL RE

Agency: EPA

Contracting office:

Region 9
US Environmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Place of Performance:




Contact: Dennis Tremethick
Phone: (415) 972-3000
Fax:
Email: Tremethick.Dennis@epa.gov

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