Huntsville Center awards modification to Afghanistan environmental footprint reduction contract

Published April 18, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville awarded Sterling Operations Inc. of Lenoir City, Tennessee, an $8,372,456 contract, which is a continuation of the current contract for environmental footprint reduction work in Afghanistan. Work is expected to be complete by May 2018.

The current contract award of $8.3 million is in addition to contract capacity on two previously awarded contracts that totaled $31.6 million.

The primary objective of the contract is to reduce the U.S. Department of Defense footprint throughout Afghanistan through the coordinated removal of facilities, force protection structures and infrastructure.This contract focuses on the removal dilapidated structures, some of which are hold overs from the Soviet occupation era. The contract supports the removal of base infrastructure such as fuel tanks, waste water systems and concrete pads, as well as removal of defensive barriers and concrete blast walls. A large part of the waste streams produced from this activity, from metal structural members to concrete, are recycled.

The Ordnance and Explosive Directorate's International Operations Division Environmental Footprint Reduction Program provides operations and supporting activities throughout Afghanistan as a result of the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan. Some 60 or more camps and bases throughout Afghanistan are being returned in whole or part to their original environmental condition.

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