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U.S. Department of Energy Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory. Anita Bhatt RESL Director U.S. Department of Energy Idaho Operations Office September 22nd, 2011. TODAY’S TOPICS. Overview of the Radiological & Environmental Sciences Laboratory (RESL) Programs at RESL

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u s department of energy radiological and environmental sciences laboratory

U.S. Department of EnergyRadiological and EnvironmentalSciences Laboratory

Anita Bhatt

RESL Director

U.S. Department of Energy

Idaho Operations Office

September 22nd, 2011

today s topics
TODAY’S TOPICS
  • Overview of the Radiological & Environmental Sciences Laboratory (RESL)
  • Programs at RESL
  • Core capabilities at RESL
  • What RESL can offer the DOE and ASP Laboratory community
mission a reference laboratory for the u s department of energy
MISSION: A Reference Laboratory forthe U.S. Department of Energy
  • Provide DOE confidence in contractor programs that protect workers, public and the environment
    • Measurement quality assurance
    • Traceability
    • Independence
  • RESL adds a defensible decision making component to the management and oversight of DOE operations
  • Challenge laboratories with real world samples and matrices
resl projects
RESL Projects
  • Program Secretarial Office – Nuclear Energy
    • RTP: NIST Radiological Traceability Program
    • MAPEP: Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program
    • DOELAP: DOE Laboratory Accreditation Program
    • RMAP:Radiological Measurement Assurance Program
    • SSPEP: Site-Specific Performance Evaluation Program and Other Specialized Programs
resl s core mission capabilities
RESL’s Core Mission Capabilities

Analytical Radiochemistry

Development and preparation of performance evaluation materials

Radiation measurements and calibrations

Applied programmatic R&D

Development of new PE materials

Development of new analytical methods

Technical assistance

Extensive expertise in analytical measurements and data quality issues

Development of DOE and National Standards

resl e stablished quality systems
RESL – Established Quality Systems

NIST/RESL Radiological Traceability Program

Accredited to ISO/IEC-17025:2007: ISO quality standard for laboratory operations

Accredited to ISO/IEC-

17043:2010 General Requirements for Proficiency Testing

Accredited to NIST/NVLAP

ISO/IEC 17025:2007 for External Dosimetry DOELAP

CRM ISO 35

Accreditation

radiological traceability program rtp
Radiological Traceability Program (RTP)
  • Direct Traceability to NIST
  • RESL prepares PE Materials for confirmatory measurements by NIST
  • RESL analyzes PE Materials prepared by NIST
  • All Matrices are addressed
  • No other Federal Agency or Commercial Facility maintains this type of direct traceability to NIST
mixed analyte performance evaluation program mapep
Mixed-AnalytePerformanceEvaluation Program (MAPEP)
  • PE program for evaluating analytical performance of approximately 130 laboratories performing work for DOE (105 Domestic + 25 International)
  • MAPEP PE samples contain radiological, stable inorganic and organic analytes in real world sample matrices
  • Approximately 15,000 results are evaluated each year
  • RESL designed, developed and has administered MAPEP performance testing for over 17 years
  • Remedial MAPEP samples upon request
mapep pe samples
MAPEP PE SAMPLES
  • Analytes of Interest
      • Radiological
      • Stable Inorganic
      • Organic
  • Natural Matrices
      • Water
      • Soil
      • Vegetation
      • Air Filter
doe laboratory accreditation program doelap
DOE Laboratory AccreditationProgram (DOELAP)
  • Evaluate ability of DOE sites to accurately measure radiation dose to workers
    • Internal (Radiobioassay DOELAP)
    • External (Dosimetry DOELAP)
  • RESL designed, developed and has administered the DOELAP performance testing program for over 25 years
doelap features
DOELAP Features

External dosimetry

Direct and indirect radiobioassay

Actinide, Fission and Activation Products

Wholebody / Lung / Thyroid Phantoms

Urine / Fecal Samples

Unique isotopic activities for each sample matrix

Chemical and radiochemical interferences are chosen to mimic real world samples

Reference values are directly traceable to NIST

u s department of energy laboratory accreditation process
U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory Accreditation Process
  • Application
  • Performance Testing
  • Assessment
  • Corrective Action
  • Oversight Board
  • Accreditation
radiological measurement assurance program rmap
Radiological Measurement Assurance Program (RMAP)
  • RESL Evaluates the analytical capability of NRC’s contract laboratories
  • Performance Evaluation Samples
      • Soil
      • Water
      • Air filters
      • Vegetation
      • Other matrices as requested
  • RESL has been NRC’s Radiological Reference Laboratory for over 40 years
site specific performance evaluation program sspep
Site Specific Performance Evaluation Program (SSPEP)
  • RESL prepares Performance Evaluation standards based on analytical capability of contract laboratories
  • Performance Evaluation Samples
      • Soil
      • Water
      • Air filters
      • Fecal
      • Urine
      • Milk
      • Other matrices as requested
    • RESL evaluates final results of those PE standards
examples of unique processes and services
Examples of unique Processes and Services
  • Produced Air Filters for the IAEA for the Proficiency Test on the Determination of Gamma Emitting Radionuclides in Air Filters IAEA-CU-2006-11
  • Establishment of an Am-241 “transfer” standard Lung Set
  • Thyroid Testing (implemented since 2006)
  • Ultra Low Level Uranium and Plutonium in excreta samples
  • Np-237 in Lungs
  • The “Larger” whole body calibration standard
  • I-125 in synthetic Urine
  • Carbon-14 in synthetic Urine
other special projects
Other Special Projects
  • Misidentification of Sagebrush Containing Enriched Uranium
  • Air Filters for the EMPIRE 2009 and April 2010 radiological exercise
  • Air Filters for the IAEA intercomparisons IAEA-CU-2006 and IAEA-CU-2008
  • Pu-238 in Ganges Water
  • Amchitka Island PE Standards
  • US ARMY ultra low level depleted uranium in urine
  • FBI – Radioactive dice for illicit gambling
  • NRC – Atomic pacemaker (Pu-238)
other special projects continued
Other Special Projects (continued)
  • 3 Dimensional Printing
  • Israel Soreq Nuclear Research Center Whole Body Counting Technical Assistance
  • Certified Reference Material Accreditation
  • Collaboration with USDA and FERN
  • Provide CRMs to assist with emergency response efforts  
    • Establish and validate methods
    • Calibration standards
    • Establish PE program with emphasis on emergencyresponse type analyses
    • External “Blind QC” samples that can be sent tolaboratories during an event or exercise
new resl facility
New RESL Facility
  • Construction began Spring 2010
  • Completed July 2011
  • Official Opening August 2011
new resl facility1
New RESL Facility

Lab Area

Office Area

renovations complete
Renovations Complete
  • Ready for occupation