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A--Radioisotope Analysis of Sediment/Soil Samples

Solicitation Number: RFQ-RT-12-00027
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Acquisition Management
Location: RTP Procurement Operations Division, E105-02
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RFQ-RT-12-00027
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Added: Nov 09, 2011 11:29 am
THIS IS A COMBINED SYNOPSIS/SOLICITATION/SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FORMAT IN FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR) SUBPART 12.6 "SOLICITATION FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS", AS SUPPLEMENTED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS NOTICE. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONSTITUTES THE ONLY SOLICITATION. QUOTATIONS ARE BEING REQUESTED AND A WRITTEN SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED.

NAICS Code: 541380 The Environmental Protection Agency intends to award a contract for Radioisotope Analysis of Sediment/Soil Samples, for the Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Ecosystems Research Branch (ERB), Ecological Exposure Research Division (EERD).

A fixed price purchase order is anticipated to result from the award of this solicitation. The resulting contract is expected to have a Period of Performance of a 24 Month Base Period. The Period of Performance would begin December, 2011 ending November, 2013.

The associated NAICS Code is 541380 with a size standard of $12 million dollars. This procurement will be made under FAR Part 12.6 provisions.

This effort will support the ORD/NERL/ERD/EERD's responsibilities pertaining to the need for conducting research on sediment and nutrient accretion functions associated with different wetlands from numerous parts of the country to obtain rates of organic matter and nutrient accretion and burial in different wetland and estuarine systems. Abundances of elemental radioisotopes in soil and sediment profiles will be used to measure accretion and burial rates. Radioisotopes frequently used are 137Cs (T1/2 = 30 yr) and 210Pb (22.3 yr). 137Cesium is produced by above ground nuclear weapon explosions, and has a peak exposure of 1964 that can be used as a date marker for subsequent soil accretion. 210Lead radioisotope accumulates naturally and will be used to measure soil accretion rates over the past 100 to 150 years. These parameters will be coupled with other measurements (e.g., TC, TP, TN) to obtain rates of organic matter and nutrient accretion and burial in different wetland and estuarine systems. Understanding wetland functions associated with nutrient accretion and sequestration assists in understanding the dynamism in biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon and the net ecosystem benefits received from nutrient assimilation and elemental sequestration by wetlands. Thus, accretion rates developed from 137Cs and 210Pb measurements in estuarine and freshwater wetland sediment and soil cores will provide US EPA with critical data necessary to calculate the wetland ecosystem services of nutrient removal and carbon sequestration. The contractor shall analyze estuarine sediments and wetland soils (hereafter referred to as ?wetland samples?) for 137Cs and 210Pb activity. Wetland samples will be obtained from sediment and soil cores provided by US EPA. Wetland samples will be homogenized by EPA and a dry weight of at least 25 g or greater will be provided to the contractor for radiometric analyses. Wetland sample mass will vary based on bul k density of the soil. Wetland samples will be labeled by EPA using a simple sequential numbering scheme (i.e., Site A #001, Site A #002, etc.). Wetland samples will be sent in batches of 50, with the first batch sent on a date identified by the US EPA Contracting Officer?s Representative (COR). The contractor shall process the wetland samples within 30 days or less of receipt of the samples, and provide the raw data on radioisotopic activity to the EPA at that time.

Please find the following attachments which include: 1) Draft SOW, 2) Evaluation Criteria, 3) Pricing Sheet.

All questions can be submitted to the undersigned via email correspondence only.

Proposals will be due November 28th, 2011 NLT 5:00 pm EST.

This solicitation and amendments will be available via the internet at the following URL: http://www.epa.gov/oam/rtp_cmd/index.htm.

Firms must access the solicitation and amendments via the internet. Once you obtain a copy of the solicitation via the internet it will be your responsibility to frequently check the same site where the solicitation is posted for any amendments.

Submit your response via email to: sayles.jacqueline@epa.gov. Telephone responses will NOT be accepted. Contracting Office Address: Environmental Protection Agency, ORD Service Center/NERL, RTP Procurement Operations Division, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 Point of Contact(s): Point of Contact, Jacqueline Sayles, Phone (919) 541-4826

All offerors are to include with their offers a completed copy of provision 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications -Commercial Items. The following FAR clauses apply to this acquisition: 52.212 4, Contract Terms and Conditions Commercial Items. The following additional FAR clauses which are cited in clauses 52.212 5 are applicable to the acquisition: 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Representation; 52.222-3 Convict Labor, 52.222-21 Prohibition of Segregated Facilities, 52.222 26, Equal Opportunity; 52.222 35, Affirmative Action for Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era; 52.222 36, Affirmative Action for Handicapped Workers; 52.222 37, Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era; 52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons; 52.225-13 Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases; 52.232 33, Payment by Electronic Fund Transfer-Central Contractor Registration; 52.222-41 Service Contract Act of 1965, As Amended; 52.222-42 Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal hires. Any applicable wage determination(s) will be made a part of the resultant contract. All technical questions are to be forwarded to the Contract Specialist no later than November 22, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST at the following email address: sayles.jacqueline@epa.gov. Offerors should review the Statement of Work and other information posted with this Request for Quotation on EPA's website at the following address: http://www.epa.gov/oamrtpnc/1200027/index.htm. ALL FURTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS SOLICITATION WILL BE LOCATED AT THE EPA WEBSITE. All offers are due by November 28, 2011, 5:00 p.m., EST. Please submit one copy each of the technical and price proposal (including pricing sheet) via email to: sayles.jacqueline@epa.gov. Telephonic, faxed, or mailed, responses will NOT be accepted.
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RTPPODUS Environmental Protection Agency109 T.W. Alexander DriveMail Code: E105-02Research Triangle ParkNC27709USA
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Jacqueline Sayles

sayles.jacqueline@epa.gov