Radiological Surveys for Controlling Release of Solid Materials – Draft Report for Comment(NUREG-1761)

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Manuscript Completed: July 2002
Date Published:
September 2002

Prepared by:
E.W. Abelquist and T.J. Bower, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
C.V. Gogolak and P. Shebell, U.S. Department of Energy
R. Coleman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
G.E. Powers, Project Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Environmental Survey and Site Assessment Program
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117

Environmental Measurements Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy
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New York, New York 10014

Life Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6285

Division of Systems Analysis and Regulatory Effectiveness
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is developing a basis to support decisions on whether to undertake a rulemaking that would set specific requirements on controlling licensees' releases of solid materials. Specifically, the solid materials being evaluated include metals, building concrete, onsite soils, equipment, furniture, etc., which are present at, and/or used in, licensed nuclear facilities during routine operations. Historically, licensees have released solid materials on a case-by-case basis, without a consistent approach to designing and conducting clearance surveys. This draft report provides information about measuring residual radioactivity in materials that are to be cleared from nuclear facilities, including guidance about designing, performing, and documenting radiological surveys of solid materials to address the need for consistency in the surveys.

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