Argonne National Laboratory
Decontamination & Decommissioning
Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne
Nuclear Engineering is a Division of Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory managed by The University of Chicago

Welcome to Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities

D&D Experience

The Argonne D&D Projects group is recognized as subject matter experts in various areas through their experiences over nearly the last 40 years in decommissioning various nuclear fuel cycle facilities, research reactors and other facilities at Argonne National Laboratory and supporting the same work at other sites both domestically and abroad. These areas of expertise include:

  • Project Management and Execution including Cost, Schedule, Quality and Technical baseline management
  • “Path Forward” Planning, Development, Preparation and Review (Decommissioning Plan, Radiation Protection, Characterization Plan, Health & Safety, Quality Assurance Plan)
  • Project Readiness Reviews and Facility Walk-downs
  • Project Health Physics and Industrial Safety Oversight
  • NRC Licensing Activities
  • License Termination Process
  • Quality Assurance Audits and Assessments
  • Decommissioning Training

Experience Base

The Argonne Nuclear Engineering Division, through its D&D Projects Group, has been leading and supporting the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at Argonne and at various other locations within the United States and abroad for nearly 40 years. The knowledge gained and the lessons learned from this work was applied to subsequent projects and shared with others. Some hands-on decommissioning work was performed using Argonne’s in-house labor forces while other projects were performed with contractor work forces. Several projects required a coordinated work effort of both forces. Other efforts focused on analysis of strategies and general planning support.


Operations is charged with cleaning up contaminated facilities at the Laboratory that are no longer needed. This work involves disassembling the components of the facility and then recycling or packaging them as waste, which is sent offsite for disposal. The facility is decontaminated and either released for reuse or demolished.


The role of the training element is to provide general D&D training courses or niche training to those with special needs. The courses are organized and planned by NE division personnel. Training is given by Argonne instructors, as well as instructors drawn from other DOE sites, DOE, NRC, and commercial firms.

We are now at over 100 courses and 2300 graduates from over 60 countries since September 1997. Special courses have been presented for the IAEA, JAEA (Japan), CNEA (Argentina), Canada, Korea, NASA-Lewis Research Center, and the US DOE-Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

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