Savannah River Site, SC -- The Department of Energy(DOE) is now confirming that a protest over the awarding of a new contract to run Savannah River Site has been received.
DOE spokesman James Giusti told News 12 the protest is being reviewed now.
Westinghouse Savannah River Company, which has run the nuclear site since 1989, filed the protest with the General Accounting Office.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, a division of Fluor, recently was awarded a five-year contract to replace Westinghouse.
It also has the option to renew the contract when it expires.
Westinghouse says it wants to clarify the basis for any final decision involving what it calls the vital national scientific and defense facility.
The contract is worth about $800,000,000 a year.
As of now, there's no timetable for the Department of Energy to make
a decision. There's also no word yet on whether a scheduled
transition period between the two companies, set to begin soon, could be delayed.