Abstract

The 49-year-old Chemistry & Metallurgy Research Facility is expected to be decontaminated and decommissioned (D&D) over the next ten to twenty years. Over the decades, several hazardous material issues have developed that need to be address. Certain types of equipment and materials that contain mercury, asbestos, lead, and polychlorinated biphenyls have special provisions that must be met. Utilization of commercially available software programs for solving these hazardous material problems during D&D operations such as legacy chemicals and documentation are presented. These user-friendly programs eliminate part of the tediousness associated with the complex requirements of legacy hazardous materials. Tapping into the institutional database provides a way to take advantage of the combined expertise of the institution in managing a cost effective D&D program as well as adding a quality assurance element to the program. Using laboratory requirements as a logic flow diagram, quality and cost effective methods are used to provide necessary information of programmatic, quality, and safety issues concerns. In summary, by seamlessly managing non-programmatic issues, chemical software programs allow scientists in nuclear research facilities more time to concentrate on their technical areas of interest.

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