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1 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management Real Property Strategic Update Steven R. Schiesswohl U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management, Asset Management Team Lead FIMS Conference June 13 – 17, 2011

2 2 LMs Mission Statement The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) Office of Legacy Management (LM) is to fulfill the Departments post-closure responsibilities and ensure the future protection of human health and the environment. Water Sampling - Salmon, Mississippi Telemetry base station – Rifle, Colorado Disposal Site Rocky Flats, Colorado

3 3 LMs Mission Goals 1.Protect human health and the environment 2.Preserve, protect, and share legacy records and information 3.Meet commitments to the contractor work force 4.Optimize the use of land and assets Objectives Optimize public use of federal lands and properties Transfer excess government property Improve domestic uranium mining and milling operations 5.Sustain management excellence

4 4 Tuba City, AZ Solar Panels Goal 4 Objectives Optimize public use of federal lands and properties Strategies Promote the development of renewable energy projects and energy parks on LM land. Collaborate with government entities, private entities, and nonprofit conservation organizations to enhance land use and heritage resources management planning and reuse. Be alert for emerging land-use opportunities and work with neighbors, developers, and local governments and communities to update existing plans to take advantage of them. Rocky Flats, CO National Wildlife Refuge

5 5 Goal 4 Objectives (continued) Transfer excess government property Strategies Work with organizations installing cleanup remedies to maximize the ability to transfer real property for beneficial reuse. Make grants to community reuse organizations or otherwise promote economic development, including selling or donating surplus real property for reuse. Canonsburg, PA Transfer of Salmon, MS Site

6 6 Goal 4 Objectives (continued) Improve domestic uranium mining and milling operations Strategies Seek authority and use the proceeds from real property sales and uranium lease royalties to support mined-land reclamation and other LM reclamation goals. Work with affected organizations to propose national standards for uranium mine reclamation requirements. Consolidate, enhance, and share information on uranium mine and mill inventories, hazards analyses and mitigation, reconnaissance, reclamation, and the scientific bases for state-of-the-art programs and practices. Working Uranium Mine C-JD-5 Mine (Headframe and Hoist House)

7 7 Goal 4 Performance Measures Federal land is leased, converted to beneficial use, or set aside for preservation. Excess federal real property (measured by number of sites or portions of sites) is transferred (disposed of). A consolidated inventory of uranium mine and mill locations, scientific data and papers, points of contact for hazards mitigation, and regulatory frameworks is available for use by federal, state, and Tribal Nations and the public. The cost and environmental impacts of the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle (mining and milling) are reduced.

8 8 Meeting our Goals – The Challenges A majority of LM sites have contamination that must be considered in any proposal for reuse. LM must promote beneficial reuse of underutilized land while ensuring institutional controls are effective for hundreds or thousands of years. LM receives sites where the land, buildings, agreements, etc. for long-term stewardship may not be sustainable or LEED Silver. Small portfolio – 1 or 2 non-sustainable or non-LEED buildings constrain LM from meeting 15% criteria.

9 9 Meeting our Goals for Beneficial Reuse Increase the number of LM custody-and-control sites in beneficial reuse. Increase is measured against the baseline. Goal is 9,039 additional acres placed in beneficial reuse by FY 2015.

10 10 Let Others Use the Land! Weldon Spring, Missouri Educational and Recreation Reuse Fernald Preserve, Ohio Wildlife Preservation

11 11 Meeting our Goals for Disposition Disposition LM-managed federal property. Measured by the number of properties disposed of per year. Goal is five federal properties by the end of FY 2015.

12 12 We Achieved the Disposition Goal! In December 2010, DOE/LM transferred 1,470-acre site, located in Lamar County, Mississippi, to the State of Mississippi. The site will be managed by the state as a wildlife refuge and working demonstration forest. Remediation in early 1970 Salmon Site as it appears today

13 13 Difficulty Meeting Sustainability/LEED Goals High-performing sustainable building goal depends on our building count Goal is 15% of building count to be LEED Gold by 2015 Budget is highly dependent on our choice High- Performing Sustainable Buildings LEED Gold Total Bldg. Count%Notes Current % Future Possibilities %Dispose of buildings * 2 Piqua buildings * WS Admin Building %Upgrade a current building * WS Interp. Center %Inherit or add Gold building * Mercury Storage Building (slated for 2014) * WS Office Building %

14 14 Difficulty Meeting Sustainability/LEED Goals Trash Treasure (A Building that Counts Against LM) Lindenwood 30,000-square-foot lease, Weldon Spring, MO Lindenwood University Use Agreement terminated by the University on April 20, Use Agreement provided maintenance of buildings, grounds, and waste water treatment plant as well as office space for employees Would cost up to $500,000 to meet all code and safety requirements before it could be released and could cost more to demolish Administration Building Waste Water Treatment Plant Storage Shed

15 15 Difficulty Meeting Sustainability/LEED Goals Trash Treasure (Another Building that Counts Against LM) Piqua Decommissioning Reactor, Piqua, OH Lease agreement with the City of Piqua at no cost with title to the site reverting to the city when radioactivity in the reactor complex has decayed to levels that allow the facility to be released for unrestricted use. City currently uses the facility for offices, meeting rooms, and storage areas. Cannot be rehabilitated to be rentable or livable, let alone sustainable or LEED certified.

16 16 Difficulty Meeting Sustainability/LEED Goals Trash Treasure (Another Building that Counts Against LM) Riverview Technology Corporation Buildings, Grand Junction, CO Buildings are over 60 years old and have heating and cooling issues that appear to be irreparable. It would not make good economic sense to attempt to make the site sustainable or LEED certified if the landlord cannot make the building warm and cool at the appropriate times of the year.

17 17 Difficulty Meeting Sustainability/LEED Goals Trash Treasure (Buildings that do not Help LMs Numbers) Office of Legacy Management Business Center, Morgantown, WV 60,000-square-foot building that has been awarded two LEED Gold Certifications. The building is leased by LM through GSA, with GSA getting the credits for the LEED Gold status. LM paid for the additional costs associated with the LEED Gold Certification and the NARA records storage compliance costs but receives no credit…aside from knowing that we did the right thing.

18 18 Summary LM will receive 20 more sites by Reuse is a national priority but is constrained by ICs and protective measures. LM will provide the model for uranium mine reclamation and long-term stewardship and sustainability of legacy sites. Challenge is reducing costs, reducing fleet management budgets, and having reduced OCM costs using a 2005 baseline while receiving 20 more sites. Efficiencies, innovations, and creative management initiatives required to work with reduced annual budgets in 2012 and beyond.


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