Chapter 12
Decommissioning Technology Development


This chapter presents an editorial view of essential elements for an effective D&D technology development program, and a compendium of challenges and needs from the perspective of technology end-users. The term “D&D” is used herein to describe a formal project management process that involves removal of real property from active or standby status and transition to a long-term end state (such as an industrial brown-field or an unrestricted green-field). Interim steps depend on the actual facility, and include characterization, deactivation, decommissioning, decontamination, demolition, waste management, and disposition or recycling of excess facilities and equipment. Life-cycle-cost analyses include surveillance and maintenance (S&M) while awaiting completion of D&D.

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