Nuclear Safety Oversight
The Argonne National Laboratory operates one Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility and two Hazard Category 3 nuclear facilities. The Building 350 Transition Office operates a single former Hazard Category 3 nuclear facility. This facility completed actions in June 2016 such that the provisions of 10 CFR 830 Subpart B no longer apply. The ASO Manager, a qualified Senior Technical Safety Manager (STSM) is the delegated Safety Basis Approval Authority for the Argonne Hazard Category 3 or higher nuclear facilities.
The ASO Environment, Safety & Health Division (ESHD) is staffed with personnel providing in-field oversight of the nuclear facilities on the Argonne campus, as well as leadership of the applicable Safety Basis Review Teams for Argonne.
Environment, Safety and Health Division
The Environment, Safety and Health Division (ESHD) consists of a Senior Technical Safety Manager (STSM) qualified Director, Facility Representatives (FRs) and ESH subject matter experts. Oversight performed by ESHD provides ASO management with accurate objective information on the effectiveness of Argonne and the Building 350 (B350) Transition Office work performance and practice. The oversight program focuses resources on selected assessments, operational awareness activities, performance measure monitoring and improvement, and monitoring Argonne and B350 systems and programs. The ESHD role involves routine presence in Argonne and B350 facilities, review of CAS, and participation in operational awareness activities to ensure the application of ISM core functions to all work. ASO ESHD has subject matter experts in various major disciplines related to ESH: environment, emergency management, health physics, industrial hygiene, nuclear safety, and occupational safety. ESHD Subjects/Programs Points of Contact List (80KB)
Business Management Division
ASO’s Business Management Division (BMD) communicates and enforces contract requirements, authorizes work, reviews and approves contract performance and deliverables, and provides Contracting Officer direction and guidance to the Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne). The BMD approves and oversees business operations and administrative systems such as budget, financial management, accounting, internal and external audits, procurement management, property management (intellectual, real and personal), contractor human resources, industrial and labor relations, legal, public affairs and community relations, programs, and any other related requirements applicable to the Argonne contract. This Division also focuses on Research & Development program implementation, monitoring, and Work for Other (WFO) support provided by Argonne to other federal and non-federal sponsors. BMD Subjects/Programs Points of Contact List (73KB)
Infrastructure, Programs and Projects Division
The ASO Infrastructure, Programs and Projects Division (IPPD) is responsible for providing federal project managers for managing facility functions outlined in DOE Order 430.1B Change 2, Real Property Asset Management. As such, IPPD is responsible for the construction of new facilities at ANL, upgrades of existing facilities, maintaining/improving the integrity of the general-purpose infrastructure (site and facilities), utilities, and real estate. Argonne facilities include 4.2M square feet of floor space in over 100 buildings, valued at ~ $2B. Project management activities include projects as large as the $800M Advanced Photon Source Project or as operating funded maintenance projects valued at several thousand dollars. Typically, about 50 small projects are under construction at any one time. In addition, IPPD executes ASO's mission responsibilities for legacy waste shipments and decontamination/ decommissioning of existing facilities. IPPD Subjects/Programs Points of Contact List (72KB)
Building 350 Transition Office
The ASO Building 350 Transition Office (BTO) is responsible for continuing hazardous materials reduction and preparation activities to transfer Building 350 (the former New Brunswick Laboratory) from DOE to Argonne control. New Brunswick Laboratory was the U.S. government certifier and provider of nuclear reference materials to the US and international community. In addition to reference materials, NBL provided a measurement evaluation program, analysis methods, and technical assistance to safeguards, non-proliferation and national security programs. In 1949, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) established the New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, staffed with scientists from the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) who contributed to the measurement science of nuclear materials for the Manhattan Project. In 1975, NBL was relocated to Building 350 on the Argonne National Laboratory site. NBL originally reported to the AEC/DOE Office of Defense Programs, but over the years NBL was reassigned to various offices (Office of Safeguards and Security; Office of Security and Office of Science). The Office of Science has retained programmatic responsibility since 2006.
In February 2016, the Office of Science announced a reorganization of NBL. Until this reorganization, DOE had managed NBL as a Government Owned/Government Operated (GOGO) Laboratory since its transfer from the NBS. Building 350 consists of a plutonium wing and a uranium wing totaling approximately 90,000 ft2 and was categorized as a Hazard Category 3 nuclear facility. This reorganization was implemented in May 2016 and provides for the implementation of a separately managed NBL Program Office with the continuing role of assuring the production of nuclear reference materials. It also provides a separate Building 350 Transition Office with ASO to continue deinventory activities and to take actions needed to effect the transfer of Building 350 from DOE to Argonne control. BTO Programs Points of Contact List (72KB).