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ORAU characterizes radioactivity levels on six ships one year after Fukushima nuclear crisis

After the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, ORAU’s environmental assessment team performed a characterization survey of a maritime transport ship that had sailed through airborne radioactive materials leaking from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

ORAU performs characterization survey of Georgia Tech’s Neely Research Center

ORAU’s environmental assessment team completed a characterization survey of Georgia Tech’s Neely Research Center, a structure that at one point was connected to the school’s five-megawatt, heavy-water-cooled research reactor.

ORAU reduces Oak Ridge footprint

ORAU successfully completed independent field investigations required to remove five East Tennessee Technology Park boundary land area parcels in Oak Ridge, totaling 5,185 acres, from the National Priorities List.

Completion of environmental characterization at ORNL is a Recovery Act success

A major milestone was reached this summer when ORAU completed radiological and chemical characterization sampling of 34 structures at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and of the K-33 superstructure, a 2.8 million-square-foot facility located at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

ORISE supporting Oak Ridge Reservation cleanup activities through recovery funding

ORAU has begun work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex as a result of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project, which is being managed by the U.S. Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Office, will dramatically reduce the number of high-risk facilities located throughout the Oak Ridge Reservation.

ORAU honored for D&D role at Hammond and Curtis Bay Depots

ORAU was recognized by the Defense Logistics Agency at a 2008 ceremony at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its work to perform independent verification at Defense National Stockpile Center depots in Curtis Bay, Md. and Hammond, Ind.

Project Summaries

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ORISE conducts radiological and chemical characterization at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

To support the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in reducing the number of high-risk facilities located throughout the Oak Ridge Reservation, ORISE performed radiological and chemical characterization surveys and sampling of 34 structures at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORAU chairs development of ANSI N13.59 characterization standard

ORAU provided its expertise in characterization surveys to the development of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N13.59, also known as “Characterization in Support of Decommissioning Using the Data Quality Objectives Process.”

ORAU performs K-25 nondestructive assay program review and verification

ORAU health physics experts performed independent reviews and data validation for the Nondestructive Assay Program at the K-25 site.

ORAU Facilitates Closure of Four Major Department of Energy Sites in Ohio

ORAU performed independent verification surveys of numerous process buildings, support facilities and hundreds of acres of open-land areas to facilitate the closure of four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites.

ORAU performs verification surveys on more than 4.9 Million square feet of facilities at East Tennessee Technology Park

ORAU's efforts helped to confirm that the cleanup contractor’s data quality objectives and reporting met strict release criteria at the World War II-era gaseous diffusion plant.

ORAU supports Curtis Bay Depot decontamination and decommissioning project

The Defense National Stockpile Center turned to ORAU for health physics and radiological survey support for the Curtis Bay Depot decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project.

ORAU conducts independent confirmatory surveys at three Nuclear Regulatory Commission reactor sites

ORAU provided field data reviews and generated independent radiological data for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which used this information to evaluate the adequacy and accuracy of the licensee's procedures and final status survey results.

ORAU partners with Argonne National Lab to maintain Decontamination and Decommissioning Science Consortium website

As leaders in the field of D&D, ORAU supports the DDSC website, which provides a launching point for the growing number of regulators and professionals newly assigned to the complex field of decommissioning.

Former Rocky Flats nuclear site returns to its roots with help from ORAU

ORAU's staff of qualified radiation safety professionals were instrumental in the verification of the Rocky Flats site, once considered the most contaminated nuclear facility in the United States.