Cold War tensions, the Department of Energy’s (DOE)
Savannah River Site (SRS) played a critical role in our country’s
national security strategy for more than 40 years.
changes in missions, however, many SRS facilities are no longer
needed to produce or process nuclear materials. This situation
poses both a challenge and an opportunity for SRS to decommission
these facilities to eliminate their inherent risk as well
as reduce the cost to maintain them in a safe condition.
risk reduction through decommissioning activities at
the Savannah River Site.
range in size and complexity from large nuclear reactors to
scores of small storage buildings. Many SRS facilities have
underground structures such as basements, storage tanks and
piping that require a large amount of excavation. Some even
tower over one hundred feet high. Since these facilities are
generally located within one of the Site’s nuclear industrial
areas, they may be surrounded by other buildings that are
occupied or are still being used; demolishing them can be
focus on prompt cleanup and eliminating risks, SRS is concentrating
on shrinking the footprint left from decades of operations.
Shrinking the footprint also better positions the site for
future missions. SRS workers successfully decommissioned 264
facilities during the past four years, reducing the facility
footprint by nearly 2.5 million square feet. This work was
accomplished while meeting extremely high safety standards.
More than 750 additional major facilities are scheduled to
be decommissioned over the next 24 years.
information on D&D activities at SRS, contact Dewitt
Beeler, Site D&D.