The Savannah River Site Environmental Monitoring Program (SRS) detects and identifies the effects of site operations on the local environment; it became part of a new nuclear industry standard applied nationwide.
Teresa Eddy, environmental monitoring program manager for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) at SRS, leads a diverse group of industry professionals on the American Nuclear Society’s Environmental and Site Consensus Committee (YEAR). This group is developing a standard based on ANS-2.22, Radiological Monitoring of the Environment at Nuclear Facilities.
The ANS-2.22 committee uses the success of the SRS environmental monitoring program as the basis for the development of the new ANS standard.
The ANS-2.22 criteria use performance-based requirements to develop and implement an integrated environmental radiological monitoring program that focuses on ambient air, surface water, groundwater, soil and soil. animal and plant life. It provides a basis for rational decision-making regarding the design of an environmental radiological monitoring program in communities, states and national regions.
The standards will apply to nuclear power plants, nuclear medicine hospitals, fuel fabrication facilities, fuel reprocessing facilities, radioactive waste disposal facilities, industrial and research facilities handling nuclear waste, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, state regulators and nuclear industry consultants.
As chair, Eddy ensures the committee represents and engages with nuclear facilities across the United States. Its main role is to manage the development of the standard by forming the working group committee; develop a project plan; and establish the project purpose, objectives, criteria for success, required interface and timeline for completion.
Eddy, who served on the committee for four years, works with two SRS colleagues – Brittany Owensby, SRNS; and Brooke Stagich, Savannah River National Laboratory – as well as industry leaders representing ANS, U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Institute of Nuclear Energy, Duke Energy, l University of Kansas, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Southern Company, and others. Eddy recently nominated Stagich to co-chair the committee, and ANS then nominated her.
“Working with other organizations that use nuclear materials ensures a safe collective impact on the environment and the community. Environmental radiological monitoring programs and the ANS standard will ensure continued success in meeting and exceeding our goals here and potentially nationwide,” Eddy said.
“At SRNS, we place great importance and high priority on efficient and effective environmental monitoring programs for radiological and chemical constituents. SRNS also believes in sharing the proven methods and technologies that we use and continually strive to perfect. »
Since its creation, the ANS has drafted and approved nearly 150 different standards and several versions of these standards. Currently, the ANS has over 80 standards that are current US national standards and many more that are considered historic standards.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, a Fluor-led company with Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell, is responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River site located near Aiken, South Carolina.
A newly formed committee of the American Nuclear Society, led by Teresa Eddy of Savannah River Nuclear Solution (SRNS), is using the Savannah River Site (SRS) Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) as a model to develop a standard titled “Environmental Radiological Monitoring at Nuclear Facilities” for use across the United States Eddy, director of the SRS and EMP Environmental Bioassay Laboratory, is shown working in the field with Jesse Baxley (right), head of the SRNS Environmental Monitoring, and Eric Doman, SRNS EMP Director, conducting a field management assessment at an SRS stream sampling site.