Saturday, February 18, 2006
By SHANNON DININNY | Associated Press
February 17, 2006
Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit group based in Columbus, Ohio, has managed and operated the laboratory since its inception in 1965 under a series of extended contracts. With an annual budget of more than $725 million, the laboratory's research areas include science and environment, energy, defense and national security. The current five-year contract expires Sept. 30, 2007.
News that the government will seek competitive bids follows criticism of a recent high-profile research error at the laboratory related to cleaning up the highly contaminated Hanford nuclear reservation. But Energy Department officials said the decision was not a reflection of Battelle's performance.