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ARMY AWARDS CLEANUP CONTRACT FOR TAD

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The Army has awarded a $30 million contract to design environmental cleanup at the soon-to-close North Area of Tooele Army Depot.

Dames and Moore of Maryland - with facilities in Utah - won the contract, announced Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. But he said the firm will subcontract for 40 to 50 percent of the work with Utah companies,including DataChem Laboratories of South Salt Lake."As Tooele converts to civilian use, it is important that companies bidding to use the Tooele facility have a very clear understanding of the environmental situation," Hatch said.

"Delays in cleanup can hinder the conversion process, and could lead to unnecessarily keeping people out of work," he said.

Hatch said the work would be the second phase of investigating hazardous waste problems at the base. "During this phase, we'll be able to see designs and recommendations for restoring the facility."