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Title: Environmental audit of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL)

Abstract

This report documents the results of the environmental audit conducted at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at the Savannah River Site (SRS), principally in Aiken and Barnwell Counties, South Carolina. The audit was conducted by the US Department of Energy`s (DOE`s), Office of Environmental Audit (EH-24), beginning September 13, 1993, and ending September 23, 1993. The scope of the audit at SREL was comprehensive, addressing environmental activities in the technical areas of air; surface water/drinking water; groundwater/soil, sediment, and biota; waste management; toxic and chemical materials; inactive Waste sites; radiation; quality assurance; and environmental management. Specifically assessed was the compliance of SREL operations and activities with Federal, state, and local regulations; DOE Orders; and best management practices.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health, Washington, DC (United States). Office of Environmental Audit
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10133277
Report Number(s):
DOE/EH-0362
ON: DE94008163; NC: NONE; TRN: 94:012852
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Sep 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; COMPLIANCE AUDITS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; 290300; 054000; 540250; 540350; ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND SAFETY; HEALTH AND SAFETY; SITE RESOURCE AND USE STUDIES

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Not Available. Environmental audit of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.2172/10133277.
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  • This Environmental Assessment (EA) reviews the environmental consequences associated with the proposed action of granting a site use permit to construct and operate a conference center on an approximately 70-acre tract of land on the Savannah River Site (SRS). While the proposed action requires an administrative decision by DOE, this EA reviews the linked action of physically constructing and operating a conference center. The SRS is a DOE-owned nuclear production facility encompassing approximately 200,000 acres in southwestern South Carolina. The proposed conference center would have an area of approximately 4,000 square feet, and would infrequently accommodate as many as 150more » people, with the average being about 20 people per day. In addition to the No-Action alternative, under which the Research Foundation would not require the 70-acre tract of SRS land for a conference center, this EA considers site preservation. Under Site Preservation only minimal activities necessary to the SRS mission would occur, thereby establishing the lower limits of environmental consequences. A review conducted under the SRS permitting process identified no other forms of possible site development. Similarly, SRS areas identified in the Nuclear Complex Reconfiguration Site Proposal (DOE, 199la) do not include the conference center site area in proposed weapons complex reconfiguration activities. As a consequence, this EA does not consider other forms of possible site development as alternatives. The potential environmental consequences associated with the action of constructing and operating a conference center include impacts to cultural resources and impacts from construction activities, primarily related to land clearing (5 to 10 acres) and providing access to the site.« less
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  • This field-oriented program emphasizes the use of research opportunities on the Savannah River Site while at the same time focusing on data information needs of DOE. Laboratory and special purpose facilities enhance this field-oriented approach. SREL has been gathering baseline information on the long-term aspects of the SRS environment since operations began in 1951. Research programs integrated with Westinghouse's environmental monitoring support the mission of the site and help maintain environmental quality at the SRS. Research in the various program components is summarized.
  • This field-oriented program emphasizes the use of research opportunities on the Savannah Rive Site while at the same time focusing on data information needs of the Department of Energy. Laboratory and special purpose facilities enhance this field-oriented approach. SREL has been gathering baseline information on the long-term aspects of the SRS environment since operations began in 1951. Research programs integrated with Westinghouse's environmental monitoring support the mission of the site and help maintain environmental quality at the SRS. Research in the various program components is summarized in this report.