Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D)

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SRS Demolishes Massive Cooling Tower
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act workers at the Savannah River Site imploded the 455-foot-tall K Reactor Cooling Tower in May 2010.

Deactivation and Decommissioning (D&D) is the process of taking an active/excess/abandoned facility to a final disposition end state. Because of residual radioactivity, other hazardous constituents, and the physical condition of EM’s facilities, D&D presents unique hazards that must be addressed from a safety, programmatic, environmental, and technological standpoint. The general D&D process applies to all facilities across the EM complex. For additional information on the D&D process and a brief explanation of the DOE complex-wide facility D&D work please see the D&D - Project Basics Adobe PDF Document presentation under Special Features.

ETTP Water Tower @ Oak Ridge DOE Reservation - Controlled Demolition, Inc.
On August 3, 2013, contractors and the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management successfully completed the explosive demolition of the K-1206-F Fire Water Tower.

The Deactivation and Decommissioning (D&D) function within the Office of D&D and Facility Engineering focuses on innovative applications and timely insertion of existing commercially available technologies, processes and hardware to identify and address D&D risks and challenges. The program supports the development of informed facility D&D strategy such as In-Situ Decommissioning, enhanced verifiability of the efficacy of D&D operations, increased productivity and personnel safety of D&D operation, facilitation of acceptable facility end-state, and independent verification.

Deactivation & Decommissioning News

West Valley Site Completes Second Phase of Vitrification Facility Demolition
EM & CHBWV recently finished demolishing a reinforced process cell & removed thousands of pieces of equipment in the Vitrification Facility at WVDP.
July 17, 2018
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Demolition Begins on Oak Ridge’s TSCA Incinerator
Demolition of one of DOE’s most unique facilities is underway at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).
July 3, 2018
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EM’s Impact Visible in Assistant Secretary White’s Oak Ridge Visit
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) last week for the first time in her current role.
June 26, 2018
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Workers Demolish Building K-633 in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge’s EM program and its cleanup contractor URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) recently completed demolition of the K-633 Test Loop Facility.
June 26, 2018
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Crews Reduce Risk at Plutonium Finishing Plant Demolition Work Site
Workers have completed a significant risk reduction activity at the PFP worksite at the Hanford Site to prepare to eventually resume demolition.
June 26, 2018
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Crews Complete SPRU Building Demolition
EM and cleanup contractor AECOM safely accomplished the final phase of building demolition for Buildings H2 & G2 at Separations Process Research Unit.
June 12, 2018
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As Oak Ridge Celebrates 75th Anniversary, EM Mission Connects to Past, Future
Originally constructed during the Manhattan Project to help end a global war, Oak Ridge is now celebrating its 75th anniversary.
June 12, 2018
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West Valley Continues Progress in Vitrification Facility Demolition
West Valley Continues Progress in Vitrification Facility Demolition
May 22, 2018
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Oak Ridge Crews Complete Demolition of Central Neutralization Facility
Workers have finished demolition of the ETTP's Central Neutralization Facility, which once treated the site’s industrial wastewater.
May 1, 2018
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Oak Ridge Cleanup Contractor Hits $2 Billion Contract Mark
The lead environmental cleanup contractor for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management recently celebrated a significant milestone.
May 1, 2018
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