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Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Accredited continuing education course for personnel involved in remediation of decommissioned nuclear sites

Site characterization work

Introduction

Successful site remediation, final status surveys (FSS), and facility release are dependent upon the adequacy of the initial decommissioning planning. Because so much of the information that ultimately feeds into the planning and documentation that supports release guideline development, remediation, and final status surveys is generated during early site reconnaissance, it is imperative that the historical site assessment and characterization are integrated with the overarching plans for eventually releasing a site. The driving guidance for the FSS of radiologically contaminated sites is MARSSIM. Together with additional guidance documents that include the NRC’s Consolidated Decommissioning Guidance (NUREG-1757), MARSAME, as well as guidance from our European counterparts, this course has been designed to bridge the gap between available training and emphasis on the performance of final status surveys to ensure that the initial historical site assessments and characterization surveys, from which the majority of the important decision-making data arise, are conducted in an integrated approach for decommissioning that will feed directly into FSS planning and site release. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 32 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

If you are interested in having this course delivered at your site, please contact Tonya Bernhardt at (865) 241-6620.

Course description

This five-day course emphasizes site evaluation, data planning, survey implementation and tools, data interpretation, and decision-making processes involved in the historical site assessment, scoping survey, and characterization survey phases of decommissioning. Much of the course involves planning sessions and individual and class exercises. Topics include: site assessment, surveys for radiological and chemical contaminants, data quality objectives and assessments, safety evaluations, planning, and budgeting.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who will be responsible for the oversight and planning of the surveys leading up to remediation and FSS, determining data needs, and data evaluation and reporting. Although general concepts from MARSSIM are included in the course, experience or previous training using MARSSIM is not a prerequisite.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:00 AM INTRODUCTION AND COURSE GOALS
9:15 AM PURPOSE OF CHARACTERIZATION SURVEYS
9:45 AM DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
11:00 AM QUALITY ASSURANCE PROJECT PLAN (QAPP)
12:30 PM RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY TYPES IN SUPPORT OF DECOMMISSIONING
1:00 PM OVERVIEW OF ANSI N13.59
2:30 PM MARSSIM OVERVIEW
Tuesday
8:00 AM MARSAME (SUPPLEMENT TO NUREG-1575)
9:30 AM CHARACTERIZATION AND DECONTAMINATION OF BUILDING AND ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES
11=0:00 AM CHARACTERIZATION AND DECONTAMINATION OF LAND AREAS
11:00 AM PATHWAY MODELING AND DCGLs
1:00 PM RESRAD
2:00 PM CHARACTERIZATION START POINT: THE HISTORICAL SITE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
2:45 PM Exercise: HSA and Development of CSM
4:00 PM SUMMARY: HSA AND CSM
Wednesday
8:00 AM SAMPLING DESIGNS
8:30 AM ANTICIPATED SOW/WAC
9:00 AM SCOPING SURVEY PLANNING
9:30 AM Exercise: Scoping Survey Planning
10:30 AM SUMMARY: SCOPING SURVEY PLANNING
12:30 PM Exercise: Scoping Survey Results Review and CSM Revisions
2:00 PM SUMMARY: SCOPING SURVEY RESULTS
3:00 PM LAND AREA CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES
Thursday
8:00 AM Exercise: Land Area Characterization
11:00 AM STRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES
1:00 PM Exercise: Structural Characterization
3:00 PM Class Discussion: Sample Characterization
Results Analysis
Friday
8:00 AM Class Discussion: Sample Characterization
Results Analysis
9:30 AM EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS APPROACHES
11:00 AM DATA MANAGEMENT
12:00 PM Course Critique and Summary

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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