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Success stories in environmental assessments and health physics

ORAU techinican performs a radiochemistry analysis

For more than 30 years, ORAU has worked to build an exceptional reputation in the field of environmental assessments and health physics.

From characterizing a site’s contamination prior to cleanup to independently verifying that the cleanup has been successfully completed, ORAU offers an integrated approach to environmental assessments and cleanup verification. To complement this, ORAU also applies the highest standards in health physics to provide comprehensive training in and standards development for the radiation sciences.

To learn more about some of our recent areas of success, feel free to browse through some of the project examples listed below.

ORAU, NOAA climate experts begin research in airborne laboratory

ORAU climate scientists are providing fundamental support to a multi-year effort to measure the distribution of emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases, across the Arctic Tundra.

Accelerating the pace of cleanup through innovation

ORAU supported DOE’s cleanup mission by completing independent verification for more than 200,000 acres and more than 3,500-square-feet of facilities and also developed several innovations along the way.

Environmental assessmentORAU provides independent verification
for multiple DOE environmental cleanup initiatives

In FY12, DOE sought ORAU’s independent verification expertise in support of several ongoing cleanup initiatives such as Hanford Nuclear Reservation, West Valley Reprocessing Plant and on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

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

After the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, ORAU performed characterization surveys for ships that may have been exposed to radioactive materials leaking from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

ORAU Health Physicist Nick Altic performs characterization scanning at the Neely  Research Center on Georgia Tech’s campus

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 20,000 acres, from the National Priorities List.

Completion of environmental characterization at ORNL is a Recovery Act success

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 supported Oak Ridge Reservation cleanup activities through recovery funding

ORAU worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex to dramatically reduce the number of high-risk facilities located throughout the Oak Ridge Reservation as a result of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

ORAU helping to mitigate radiological exposure risks through nuclear regulatory guide updates

ORAU assisted the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with the update of several regulatory guides related to occupational radiation exposures.