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The Outdoor Radiological and Chemical Surface Scoping Survey of the Y-12 Plant Site: Part 3 - Recommendations
Subject Terms:
Y-12 Plant, Bear Creek Valley; radiation, exposure, survey
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Waste Management; Specific Material\Uranium
Document Type:
Publication Date:
1990 May 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Accession Number:
Document Number(s):
Y/TS-600 PART 3
Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document contains the third part of a series pertaining to the scoping survey conducted between September 1985 and May 1987 of the outdoor surface environment of the Y-12 Plant site. The objectives of the survey were to assess the areal radioactive status of the site and to analyze surface soil samples for the presence of selected radionuclides and mercury. The results of the 1985-1987 scoping survey and the extended lapse of time that has passed since that survey was performed establish the need for a second, comprehensive radiological characterization of the Y-12 Plant Site. A thorough detailed investigation is required to fully assess the current radiological status of the site and address the most efficient remediation and control measures. Furthermore, heavy equipment activities on the site and planned construction and demolition of buildings and other structures necessitate prompt remediation of anomalies. To achieve this goal, this second survey should be conducted stepwise in a well-defined manner with close cooperation among survey leaders and Y-12 management. The characterization survey should focus on those areas either suspected of or known to have elevated contamination levels. Because DOE had promulgated no generic guideline for uranium contamination, and because uranium is the most significant contaminant on the site, guideline criteria for the cleanup will of necessity be based on a site-specific concentration of U-238 in soil.

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