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Title: SAVANNAH RIVER SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT SUMMARY FOR 2012

Abstract

This report's purpose is to: Present summary environmental data that characterize Site environmental management performance, Describe compliance status with respect to environmental standards and requirements, and Highlight significant programs and efforts. Environmental monitoring is conducted extensively with a 2,000-square-mile network extending 25 miles from SRS, with some monitoring performed as far as 100 miles from the Site. The area includes neighboring cities, towns, and counties in Georgia (GA) and South Carolina (SC). Thousands of samples of air, rainwater, surface water, drinking water, groundwater, food products, wildlife, soil, sediment, and vegetation are collected by SRS and analyzed for the presence of radioactive and nonradioactive contaminants. During 2012, SRS accomplished several significant milestones while maintaining its record of environmental excellence, as its operations continued to result in minimal impact to the public and the environment. The Site's radioactive and chemical discharges to air and water were well below regulatory standards for environmental and public health protection; its air and water quality met applicable requirements; and the potential radiation dose to the public was well below the DOE public dose limit.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SRS
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1097605
Report Number(s):
SRNS-STI-2013-00279
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Griffith, M., and Meyer, A.. SAVANNAH RIVER SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT SUMMARY FOR 2012. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.2172/1097605.
Griffith, M., & Meyer, A.. SAVANNAH RIVER SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT SUMMARY FOR 2012. United States. doi:10.2172/1097605.
Griffith, M., and Meyer, A.. Thu . "SAVANNAH RIVER SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT SUMMARY FOR 2012". United States. doi:10.2172/1097605. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1097605.
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