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History

On January 7, 2011, the President signed H.R. 6523 (111th), the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr6523) which became Public Law 111-384.  Section 3124 specifically states, “The Secretary of Energy may establish a program to permit the establishment of energy parks on former defense nuclear facilities” (50 U.S.C. 2814).  In response, on February 17, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) established a Task Force on the ARI to address the legislation in detail.  The purpose of the task force was to implement asset revitalization efforts in response to Congressional direction, and to develop recommendations for a continued formalized asset revitalization program.  The task force achieved this through facilitating discussions among DOE, communities around DOE sites, nonprofit organizations including Community Reuse Organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders to identify potential reuse assets and approaches to take advantage of land, assets and facilities that were becoming available as a result of environmental cleanup efforts reaching completion, and as the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) modernized, consolidated and reduced the size of its infrastructure.  These land, assets and facilities could be used to support the development and deployment of energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies that would promote energy security, energy sector employment and energy independence while fostering a business environment that encouraged collaboration and interaction between the public and private sectors.