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EA-1295: Final Environmental Assessment

Proposed Decontamination and Decommissioning of Building 301 Hot Cell Facility at Argonne National Laboratory

The proposed action is the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of Building 301. This includes activities such as equipment and systems disassembly, size reduction by mechanical saws or torches, removal of contaminated paint from building surfaces by grit blasting or scabbling coupled with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)-filtered recovery system, and all packaging and disposal of resultant waste. This work would be performed indoors in Building 301. The D&D would leave Building 301 in a safe lay-up condition. There are no current plans to reuse this structure for other ANL-E operations. Although DOE’s original proposal had been to demolish Building 301 following the building’s D&D, due to funding constraints there are no plans to demolish Building 301 within the next five to ten years. Thus demolition is no longer part of the proposed action analyzed in this environmental assessment. An additional NEPA review would be done at the time there is a proposed action concerning the disposition of the building.