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Title: The Ames Laboratory Story

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Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
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IS-PR 0007
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United States

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Karsjen, Steve. The Ames Laboratory Story. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Karsjen, Steve. The Ames Laboratory Story. United States.
Karsjen, Steve. 2015. "The Ames Laboratory Story". United States. doi:.
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  • This document contains the findings identified during the routine environmental audit of Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa, conducted September 12--23, 1994. The audit included a review of all Ames Laboratory operations and facilities supporting DOE-sponsored activities. The audit`s objective is to advise the Secretary of Energy, through the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, as to the adequacy of the environmental protection programs established at Ames Laboratory to ensure the protection of the environment, and compliance with Federal, state, and DOE requirements.
  • Danny Shechtman, Ames Laboratory Scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, returned to the Ames Lab on February 14, 2012. During this time, the Nobel Laureate met with the press as well as ISU students.
  • The design and safeguards of the Ames Laboratory Research Reactor and its associated facilities are reviewed. The causes and consequences of serious accidents are considered. It was found that the maximum credible accident for the ALRR is a quite melt-down of the aluminum core, which results from loss of D/ sub 2/O coolant. The accident is assumed to release 60% of the noble gases, 25% of the halogens, and 1% of the particulate fission products stored in the core. Downwind doses to persons outside the exclusion area are calculated on the basis of the above fission product release and themore » attenuation of activity provided by the contaimnent system. Extreme inversion, fumigation, and rainfall conditions are assumed. The restrictive effect of strontium fallout on surrounding agriculture is considered. It was found that the maximum credible accident, in combination with the specified containment and exclusion criteria, does not endanger the health and safety of persons outside the exclusion area, and does not impose restrictions upon agriculture. (auth)« less
  • At the request of the Engineering Support Division of the US Department of Energy-Chicago Operations Office and in accordance with the programmatic overview/certification responsibilities of the Department of Energy Environmental and Safety Engineering Division, the Argonne National Laboratory Radiological Survey Group conducted a series of radiological measurements and tests at the Ames Laboratory Research Reactor located in Ames, Iowa. These measurements and tests were conducted during 1980 and 1981 while the reactor building was being decontaminated and decommissioned for the purpose of returning the building to general use. The results of these evaluations are included in this report. Although themore » surface contamination within the reactor building could presumably be reduced to negligible levels, the potential for airborne contamination from tritiated water vapor remains. This vapor emmanates from contamination within the concrete of the building and should be monitored until such time as it is reduced to background levels. 2 references, 8 figures, 6 tables.« less
  • This report presents the preliminary findings of the first phase of the environmental Survey of the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory, conducted April 18 through 22, 1988. The Survey is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team of environmental specialists, led and managed by the Office of Environment, Safety and Health's Office of Environmental Audit. Individual team members are being supplied by private contractors. The objective of the Survey is to identify environmental problems and areas of environmental risk associated with the Ames Laboratory. The Survey covers all environmental media and all areas of environmental regulation. It ismore » being performed in accordance with the DOE Environmental Survey Manual. This phase of the Survey involves the review of existing site environmental data, observations of the operations carried on at the Ames Laboratory, and interviews with site personnel. The Survey team developed a Sampling and Analysis (S A) Plan to assist in further assessing certain of the environmental problems identified during its on-site activities. The S A plan is being developed by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. When S A is completed, the results will be incorporated into the Ames Laboratory Environmental Survey findings for inclusion in the Environmental Survey Summary Report. 60 refs., 13 figs., 20 tabs.« less