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