August 12, 2010
Decommissioning and Demolition Activities at Office of Science Sites
In February 2009, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) into law. The Department of Energy's (Department) Office of Environmental Management (EM) allocated $140 million of Recovery Act funds to decommission and demolish (D&D) Office of Science facilities at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) and to accelerate ongoing D&D activities at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Brookhaven). D&D activities funded at Argonne included the demolition of Buildings 330 and 310, the removal of wastes and nuclear material from another building, and the removal of the majority of the remote-handled and contact handled transuranic waste from the Argonne site. Brookhaven's D&D activities included decontamination of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) and demolition of its related buildings and waste lines, and the removal and disposal of the graphite and biological shield from the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor (BGRR).