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The Value of Independence

ORAU white paper explains the purpose of independent verification of D&D projects as required in DOE Order 458.1

With the release of DOE Order 458.1 (Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment) in February 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy has made independent verification an official requirement for contractors involved in decontamination and decommissioning projects at former nuclear sites.

As the primary independent verification contractor for DOE, ORAU stands uniquely ready to help D&D managers achieve compliance with this new requirement.

DOE has incorporated the language requiring the independent verification of nuclear cleanup sites as an added layer of protection for the public to help ensure that former nuclear sites are safe for reuse.

In the white paper The Value of Independence (PDF, 500KB), ORAU provides more background on DOE O 458.1 and explains why it is important to have radiological cleanup efforts verified by a qualified third party that is not involved in the actual cleanup process.

Are you are affiliated with a cleanup contractor required to comply with DOE O 458.1? If so, you can contract with ORAU for independent verification services under the GSA 899 Environmental Services schedule.

In addition, ORAU’s contract with DOE to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), allows funding to be sent to DOE via Memorandum Purchase Orders (MPO) or Inter-Entity Work Orders (IEWO). Contact ORAU today to discuss which contracting method works best for your organization.

Contacting ORAU

Technical information

Sarah Roberts
Vice President, Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification
Work: (865) 576-3180

Contracting with ORAU

Jamey Kennedy
ORAU Director of Business Development
Work: (865) 241-7633

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