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Two Idaho Falls Companies on Team Awarded Five-Year U.S. Department of Energy Idaho Cleanup Contract

Idaho Falls, Idaho, February 16, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Idaho Cleanup Project Core Contract to Fluor Idaho, LLC. Fluor Idaho is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor and leads a team that includes subcontractors CH2M, Waste Control Specialists, and Idaho-based small businesses North Wind, Inc. and Portage, Inc.

“We are thrilled with the announcement,” said Christopher Leichtweis, North Wind Group President. “North Wind has supported the cleanup mission at the Idaho site since the early days of the company and we are looking forward to working as part of the Fluor Idaho team to further advance that mission.”

Kevin Poor, Portage Chief Operations Officer, commented that “Portage has a long history of supporting the Idaho cleanup program and we look forward to continuing to build on the tremendous accomplishments of the incumbent team.”

The scope of work to be performed includes stabilizing and storing spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste, dispositioning transuranic waste, retrieving targeted buried waste, closing the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center tank farm, and operating and maintaining facilities such as the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility.

North Wind and Portage are both headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and are nationally recognized small businesses. North Wind, Inc. is a subsidiary of North Wind Group, who provides engineering, construction, environmental, and technical services to federal and state agencies and private industry. Founded in 1997, North Wind has grown to a group of companies that employs more than 600 scientific, engineering, management, construction and professional personnel based in more than 20 office locations throughout the country. Since 2010, North Wind has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation.

Portage provides comprehensive engineering and technical solutions for environmental, infrastructure, and energy projects. The company supports federal, state, and local governments, and private industry worldwide. Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Portage also has offices in Utah, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Montana, Washington, and New Mexico.