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 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to a national need for engineering and nuclear expertise, Duke Engineering & Services (DE&S) has joined forces with six high-technology companies to compete for the management and operation of one of the country's largest and most complex national laboratories, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) in southeastern Idaho.
 DE&S is a member of the Lockheed Idaho Technologies team, led by Lockheed Corporation (NYSE: LK), that will submit a proposal to consolidate five primary contracts currently in effect at the Department of Energy's (DOE) INEL into a single management and operations (M&O) contract. Proposals for the five-year, $5 billion contract are due Nov. 1, 1993, with contract award scheduled for June 1994. Other Lockheed Idaho Technologies partners include Rust International, Inc. (NYSE: RST), Babcock & Wilcox, Parsons Environmental Services, Thermo Electron (NYSE: TMO), and Coleman Energy & Environmental Systems.
 "We are pleased whenever our company's experience and capabilities so expressly match the needs of national interests," said Wayne Henry, senior vice president of DE&S' environmental programs. "In collaboration with world-class partners, we believe DE&S can play a role in meeting the important challenge of INEL's transition to a new energy and environmental mission. The team combines proven experience in nuclear operations and environmental remediation with technology development, systems integration and project management."
 The 890 square-mile INEL site is the first of the DOE's national laboratories to make the cultural shift from defense work to innovations in nuclear technologies, non-nuclear energy endeavors and environmental enhancement. "We look forward to applying our abilities and experience to INEL's revolutionary new mission," Henry said. "Our team is made up of pacesetting, innovative companies that are well prepared to meet the rigorous standards and mandate of the INEL M&O contract."
 A wholly owned affiliate of Duke Power Company (NYSE: DUK), DE&S brings to the Lockheed Idaho Technologies team a strong track record of cost effective management in the disciplined, regulated commercial nuclear power environment. Since 1982, DE&S has served more than 260 public and private sector clients on 950 projects. The company is applying its project management and nuclear management acumen to a number of large, complex projects, including the DOE's Civilian Radioactive Waste Management program, steam generator replacement for civilian nuclear reactors and the Louisiana Energy Services uranium enrichment project.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is background information:
 Lockheed Idaho Technologies is an integrated team of companies with complementary skills and experience. Each of the seven companies brings unique technological strengths to the INEL effort.
 Lockheed Corporation
 Lockheed, headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., is a world leader in applied engineering, technological development and integration. In addition to various production contracts in aircraft, space and electronic systems, Lockheed provides a wide range of government and commercial aeronautical, space, environmental and engineering services. Lockheed was awarded the Radioactive Waste Management Complex Demonstration Program (Pit 9) at the INEL in 1992 to prove technologies for the facility's environmental remediation.
 Rust International, Inc.
 Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Rust is a worldwide provider of environmental and infrastructure consulting, engineering, construction, environmental restoration and other on-site industrial and related services. A subsidiary of WMX Technologies, Inc. (formerly Waste Management), the world's leading environmental services company, Rust has completed cleanup of more than 10,000 hazardous and mixed waste sites.
 Duke Engineering & Services
 Duke Engineering & Services (DE&S), headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., provides full-scope engineering, management and technical services, focusing on energy and environmental projects. The company has premier capabilities in the operations of large nuclear facilities and civilian spent fuel operations. DE&S is a wholly owned affiliate of Duke Power Co., the nation's second largest nuclear utility.
 Babcock & Wilcox
 Babcock & Wilcox is a major operating unit of McDermott International Inc. (NYSE: MDR), headquartered in New Orleans, and has been a leading supplier of nuclear fuels and components to industry and the U.S. Navy for nearly 40 years. B&W is one of the current management and operations (M&O) contractors at the INEL and has been the largest non-M&O supplier to DOE for five of the last seven years.
 Parsons Environmental Services, Inc.
 Headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., Parsons Environmental Services is an international supplier of total environmental services for nuclear and hazardous waste, water and wastewater treatment, emissions control and other environmental technologies. Parsons Environmental is a subsidiary of The Parsons Corp., one of the world's largest engineering and construction organizations. Parsons has served the DOE and its predecessor agencies at the INEL since the early 1950s.
 Thermo Electron Corporation
 Thermo Electron Corp., headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is one of the world's leading manufacturers of environmental monitoring instruments, analytical instruments and equipment for several specialized uses ranging from mammography to paper recycling. The company also builds and operates alternative energy power plants, soil remediation centers and environmental analysis laboratories throughout the U.S. Since its founding in 1956, Thermo Electron has grown into an international company ranking 361 in the 1992 Fortune 500 list of industrial corporations in sales and 12 in 10-year growth in earnings per share.
 Coleman Energy & Environmental Systems
 Coleman Energy & Environmental Systems, a division of Coleman Research Corp. headquartered in Orlando, Fla., was formed in 1991 to provide scientific, engineering and management support for energy and environmental programs. Coleman is also experienced in issues involving regulatory compliance, remediation and restoration, and waste management.
 The Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) site is located on 890 square miles in the southeastern Idaho desert. The Central Facilities Area of INEL is 50 miles west of Idaho Falls.
 The U.S. government selected the INEL site in the late 1940s, when the Atomic Energy Commission needed a location for conducting nuclear research and development and nuclear-related defense work. The southeastern Idaho location was ideal because it was remote, large and unpopulated.
 Established in 1949 as the National Reactor Testing Station, the INEL now contains the largest concentration of nuclear reactors in the world. Fifty-two reactors, most of them first-of-a-kind, have been built there, including the U.S. Navy's first prototype nuclear propulsion plant. Twelve of these reactors are still operable, the others being phased out of operations upon the completion of their missions.
 In 1951, the INEL achieved one of the most significant scientific accomplishments of the century -- the first use of nuclear fission to produce usable electricity at Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1. In 1955, another reactor, known as Borax III, became the first to light a city -- Arco, Idaho.
 In 1974, the site's name was changed to what it's known by today to better characterize current projects, which include research engineering for non-nuclear and nuclear energy programs.
 The INEL's mission is to provide the nation with innovations in nuclear technologies and unique scientific and engineering capabilities in non-nuclear programs that provide commercialization potential or enhance the quality of the environment. The INEL employs approximately 12,000 people.
 Five private contractors currently operate the laboratory for the Department of Energy: EG&G Idaho Inc., Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Co., Babcock & Wilcox Idaho, Protection Technology Idaho and MK-Ferguson. Two contractors, Argonne National Laboratory-West and Westinghouse Electric Corp., are tenants at the INEL./
 /CONTACT: Lucinda Trew of Duke Engineering & Services, 704-382-3430, or (Home) 704-549-4735/

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