SRS contractor sues over plant design changes

An Ohio subcontractor is suing Sa­vannah River Nuclear Solutions over design changes that it says increased the costs of a radioactive waste processing facility it was hired to build at Savannah River Site.

According to the 76-page complaint filed June 6 in U.S. District Court in Aiken, Baker Concrete Construction Inc., of Monroe, Ohio, is seeking more than $18 million in damages for changes in the design of the 33,000-square-foot Waste Solidification Building.

On May 13, 2009, Baker submitted a proposal to build the facility for $91.5 million based on plans and specifications provided by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the complaint said. Because of “voluminous and ongoing design changes” by Savannah River Nuclear Solu­tions, however, the company incurred extra costs and required additional personnel for the project, which fell behind schedule.

“Baker entered into and undertook to perform the Subcontract without the vital knowledge held by SRNS alone and this ultimately and severely affected Baker’s performance, the cost thereof and
delayed the project,” the complaint stated.

The lawsuit, which alleges fraud, breach of contract and negligence, seeks a jury trial and attorney fees, in addition to damages.

SRNS has not filed its response to the lawsuit.

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