The Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI) focuses on communicating past efforts and lessons learned from DOE’s long history of asset revitalization and focus current and future efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of future land, asset and facility transfer and beneficial reuse. Since the 1950’s, DOE and its predecessor agencies have completed 95 transfers of approximately 25,500 acres of land, facilities and other assets for beneficial reuse, including excess fire stations, water treatment plants, water production facilities and other land, assets and facilities that local communities are using to support their civic, economic and social needs. DOE has already supported the cleanup and closure of approximately 90 sites that were involved in US nuclear weapons development and many of these sites are in beneficial reuse. Additional departmental efforts to consolidate mission areas, sites and facilities and reduce the overall operational footprint of the DOE complex across the country will make additional land, assets and facilities available for beneficial reuse. DOE has already identified the potential for 15,000 acres that could be made available in the next 10-12 years for beneficial reuse.
Our sites benefit local communities, through economic development efforts, reindustrialization, technology transfers, and other public and private sector partnerships. Examples include environmental researchers who have access to protected and recovering natural habitats. Local communities are partnering with DOE for development and deployment of technical and manufacturing technologies. And DOE is supporting energy technology development and deployment that will promote energy security, energy sector employment and energy independence. We already support the missions of multiple agencies and the private sector and are pursuing demonstration projects at levels that investors will accept as commercially viable. We are working with local communities on reuse options including clean energy development, manufacturing, nature preserves, educational centers, recreation, and other mixed commercial or industrial reuse opportunities. Although DOE has pursued asset revitalization in the past, current mission and asset planning efforts, opportunities and a new fiscal environment require that we improve our efforts. We must use new, innovative and more streamlined approaches to achieve more efficient results. Six key drivers that demand aggressive DOE approaches include:
- EM’s cleanup and footprint reduction efforts are making a large amount of DOE assets including land and facilities available for potential reuse.
- NNSA’s infrastructure modernization efforts are revitalizing the national security enterprise and consolidating sites to a smaller, more efficient and more secure complex. Other actions include infrastructure modernization and consolidation in the Offices of Science and Nuclear Energy which will continue to expand future reuse opportunities.
- The Quadrennial Technology Review may identify opportunities to expand and enhance investments in research and development and technology demonstrations and deployments.
- Efforts to “green the government” require continued leadership in federal sustainability.
- Securing a clean energy future demands innovation.
- The federal deficit, a tighter fiscal environment, and our commitment to the American taxpayer mandates greater efficiency in all areas of DOE operations.