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Capabilities in Environmental Assessments and Health Physics

ORAU builds public confidence in radiological cleanup projects by verifying results of decontamination efforts

Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification

Independent environmental assessment and verification is essential for building public trust and confidence in radiological cleanup. ORAU has set the standard for ensuring that decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) projects are performed within federal release criteria and are both accurate and thorough.

The expertise of our radiological survey technicians, coupled with our well-respected health physics services and laboratory capabilities, have positioned us as a leader in the increasingly high-tech field of D&D. We’ve succeeded in these areas for more than 25 years because we understand that the public demands independence and technical expertise.

As a leader in environmental assessments and health physics, ORAU focuses its expertise in these areas:

Independent verification

ORAU rigorously evaluates and verifies that previously contaminated areas meet regulatory compliance critieria for D&D.

Characterization surveys

We partner with cleanup agencies to provide objective, independent characterization surveys to define the extent of radiological contamination at a designated site.

Health physics services

We offer health physics solutions in a number of technical areas for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), as well as other federal and state agencies.

Health physics training

We offer hands-on, laboratory-based training through our Professional Training Programs (PTP), including our noteworthy five-week Applied Health Physics course, and multiple one-week offerings.

Radiochemical analyses

ORAU’s Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory performs independent analyses of environmental samples collected at survey sites. As the only radiochemistry laboratory performing work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, our strengths and capabilities have positioned us as a leader in the field of environmental analysis.

Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD)

ORAU also partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide support to its Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, which is devoted to performing air quality and climate-related research.

Did you know?

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer

ORAU’s Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory, where environmental samples collected at survey sites are independently analyzed for radiological and chemical contaminants, houses a new Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer.

The specialized instrument—which reduces lab time and allows for more types of analysis—ionizes various types of samples and uses a mass spectrometer to separate and quantify contaminants in the samples such as lead, arsenic and uranium.