As the DOE complex sites prepare for closure, a large number of buildings and facilities must be deactivated and decommissioned.
These facilities contain many complex systems (e.g. ventilation), miles of contaminated pipelines, glove boxes, and unique processing equipment that require labor intensive deactivation and decommissioning methods. Although many technologies currently exist to address various aspects of decontamination, technology development and/or adaptation are needed to address unique contaminated buildings and facilities, as well as, to increase efficiency and worker safety.
The mission for the Office of Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D) and Facility Engineering (D&D/FE) is to reduce project technical risk and uncertainty through Technology Development and Deployment thus enabling the implementation of safe, cost-effective, efficient, and timely D&D of facilities and their contents planned for environmental cleanup. This is achieved by providing technical reviews, readiness assessments, assistance and guidance. Technology Development and Deployment collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and the private sector is driven by the timely insertion of need-driven technical solutions to EM’s baseline D&D activities thus enhancing worker safety, accelerating schedules, and reducing costs. Efforts are also focused to optimize remaining EM real property assets for supporting ongoing operations while transforming EM’s management of energy, environmental, and transportation in a more environmentally efficient and conservative manner.