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United States Department of Homeland Security
Directorate of Science and Technology
Office of National Laboratories
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Plum Island Closure and Support Program
Statement of Work
Scientific, Technical and Engineering Support for
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Decontamination and Closure

Contents

1. Purpose 1

1.1 Background 2

Facility Description 3

2. Scope of Services 3

Task 1 – Routine Operation of the Mobile Decontamination Laboratory 4

Task 2 – Matrixed Support of Subject Matter Experts with Experience in Biological
Decontamination at Facility-Scale 6

Task 3 – Design and Execute Applied Scientific Activities to Enable Biocontainment
Facility Decontamination 7

Task 4 – Facility Modification Planning, Engineering and Implementation 10

Task 5 – Subcontract and Manage an Independent Third-Party Laboratory for
Biological and Chemical Indicator Verification and Decontamination Sample Analysis 11

3. Notional Timeline for Tasks/Activities 12

4. List of Deliverables 13

1. Purpose

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T)
Office of National Laboratories (ONL) Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) Plum
Island Closure and Support (PICS) Program is seeking proposals for Scientific, Technical and
Engineering Support (STENS) for PIADC Decontamination and Closure of the major facility
buildings (Buildings 257, 102, 101, and 111) and exterior areas (as needed) at PIADC. The
PIADC PICS Program requires senior and technical level expertise to collaborate in
planning/executing applied scientific activities for decontamination method assessment and
development, develop decontamination and validation plans, deliver engineering and logistics to
implement methods, and provide third-party verification testing.

Measures to facilitate and ensure an approved end-state for the various PIADC structures utilized
for execution of, and support for scientific activities will entail various mechanisms of sampling,
disinfection, and decontamination. These activities will occur as part of a coordinated plan for
facility closure and will entail simultaneous activities at multiple sites on the facility grounds.

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Consequently, PICS program requires senior and technical level support to provide biological
decontamination and decommissioning support services including, but not limited to:
planning/executing scientific activities for decontamination methods and validation to include
analyses involving various technologies, sampling approaches, monitoring methods, among
others; translating results of method development and validation into plans for terminal facility
decontamination; delivery of engineering planning, engineering design, and logistics to support
implementation of facility decontamination methods and/or independent third-party review of
such developed products; integration of scientific, engineering and other technical data in order
to produce a comprehensive facility decontamination plan; operation of an on-island mobile
laboratory for provision of independent third-party verification/validation testing of biological
and chemical indicators (Self-Contained Biological Indicators [SCBIs], spore strips, integrators);
and development of documentation of verification/validation results for review by regulatory
bodies.

Each activity will be accomplished while working collaboratively with additional PICS federal
and contracted personnel, both onsite and offsite. In addition, it should be noted that the subject
activities of this RFP do not entail the performance of the primary operations and maintenance
functions or physical execution of decontamination activities for the biocontainment buildings at
Plum Island.

Since 1954, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), located on Plum Island, New
York, has been operated by the Federal Government for the purposes of agricultural research,
training and diagnostics involving transboundary (foreign) animal diseases threatening U.S.
agricultural production systems. In 2003, in accordance with the Homeland Security Act,
ownership of PIADC was transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the “assets and liabilities of the Center”
(6USC190). The mission of PIADC is now being transferred to the National Bio and Agro-
Defense Facility (NBAF), which is currently under construction in Manhattan, Kansas.

Pursuant to the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriation Act of
2009, Congress directed DHS to sell Plum Island (through the GSA) given the decision to
transition the scientific mission to the NBAF (P.L. 110-329 - Section 540). Ultimately, as part of
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was enacted in December 2021, the prior sale
requirement was repealed and revised to ensure that the Plum Island property “be disposed of as
a single consolidated asset” by GSA (P.L. 116-260 – Division FF Title V Section 501).

To prepare the island for cessation of government activities, the DHS Plum Island Closure and
Support (PICS) program will ensure closure of the Plum Island property in a manner that reduces
risks to an acceptable regulatory level for release to any public entity. The PICS program defines
requirements for the island’s end-state to satisfy applicable, related laws and regulations and will
oversee the execution of the activities necessary for its closure and conveyance.

Due to the nature of scientific activities conducted at PIADC during its operation, it is necessary
for the PICS program to collaborate with the New York State Department of Environmental

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Conservation (NYSDEC) and the USDA Division of Agricultural Select Agents and Toxins
(DASAT) regarding the end-state determination of decontamination for the facility and island,
prior to its conveyance by GSA.

PIADC refers to the 840-acre Plum Island as well as the Orient Point, NY Facility which is
approximately 9 acres. Brief descriptions of the major facility buildings which have supported
the science mission at PIADC and will require terminal decontamination and/or validation of
decontamination are provided below. Note that a significant portion of these biocontainment
facilities are more than 50 years old.

• Building 101 – The majority of research, diagnostics and training conducted at PIADC occur

within Building 101 biocontainment, which is approximately 200,000 square feet and
includes Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Enhanced, Biosafety Level 3 Agriculture (BSL-3 Ag),
Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) laboratory and animal research facilities, and associated
equipment and machinery spaces.

• Building 100 – Research has also been conducted in Building 100 in two Biosafety Level
(BSL-2) laboratory suites (each approximately 2,200 square feet and located outside
biocontainment).

• Building 102 – This biocontainment space (approximately 12,000 square feet) housed the
former (no longer used) effluent thermal decontamination plant for treatment of waste
generated in Building 101. (PIADC is in the process of decommissioning Building 102 and
has begun development of a decontamination plan for this building.)

• Building 111 – This biocontainment space (approximately 18,000 square feet) was built

several years ago to house the new, modern effluent decontamination plant for treatment of
waste generated in Building 101.

• Building 257 – Building 257 (approximately 40,000 square feet) was constructed in 1911 and
was used as a research laboratory for animal testing from 1954 to 1995. Building 257 has
been unoccupied (vacant) for the last 24 years and the structure is compromised, exposing
the interior to local weather conditions. (PIADC is in the process of developing a microbial
sampling and analysis plan for this building to determine whether any further
decontamination activities are required for this facility.)

Additional key supporting facilities include a 55,000 square foot administrative area within
Building 100 (outside of biocontainment) which provides office space, meeting rooms, an
auditorium, and a cafeteria. Approximately 70,000 square feet of additional support buildings
(outside of biocontainment) provide space for systems, equipment, storage and other items and
services to support the PIADC mission.

2. Scope of Services

DHS requires senior and technical level expertise to support the PICS program at the PIADC.

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DRAFTSpecifically, this should consist of a range of expertise necessary to support the decontamination
and closure of facility biocontainment structures and associated areas. This will entail task areas
including, but not limited to: planning/executing scientific activities for decontamination
methods and validation to include analyses involving various technologies, sampling approaches,
monitoring methods, among others; translating results of method development and validation
into plans for terminal facility decontamination; delivery of engineering planning, engineering
design, and logistics to support implementation of facility decontamination methods and/or
independent third-party review of such developed products; integration of scientific, engineering
and other technical data in order to produce a comprehensive facility decontamination plan;
operation of an on-island mobile laboratory for provision of independent third-party
verification/validation testing of biological and chemical indicators (SCBIs, spore strips,
integrators); and development of documentation of verification/validation results for review by
regulatory bodies.

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