Assuring Quality Measurements of Environmental Radioactivity for a High Level Waste Repository

by Kathleen S. Moroney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Federal agencies have ordered detailed quality assurance documentation in procedures used for measuring environmental radioactivity during the site characterization phase at the proposed Yucca Mountain High Level Waste Repository (HLWR). Although regulatory guidelines and other studies discuss the topic, no centralized source of quality assurance elements was available for inclusion in standard operating procedures. A limited number of existing guidelines and studies with direct application to the topic were reviewed and contrasted, and recommended elements were compiled. The result is an easy-to-use 'menu' format which summarizes elements that can be included in standard operating procedures for environmental measurements of radioactivity. The guidelines are applicable to the Yucca Mountain HLWR project as well as to other nuclear worksites.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Environmental issues | Radioactive materials | Waste management | Radioactive wastes | Geology | Federal government | Recycling

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