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The DOECAP Family as Viewed by an Adoptee. Cheryl Schloesslin Analytical Quality Associates, Inc. DOECAP ASP Workshop September 21, 2010. A Unique Perspective.

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the doecap family as viewed by an adoptee

The DOECAP Family as Viewed by an Adoptee

Cheryl Schloesslin

Analytical Quality Associates, Inc.


September 21, 2010

a unique perspective
A Unique Perspective

Over the years AQA has worked in varying capacities with numerous sites in the DOE program. This interaction has given AQA a unique perspective on the Analytical Services Program and on the DOE environmental programs as a whole. This presentation will focus on some of similarities between the sites and explore areas where additional co-operation could be advantageous to the DOE environmental programs as a whole.

site considerations
Site Considerations


Local and State Politics


Disposal Mechanism

Long Term Plan


Sandia National Laboratory Then

  • Age of Site
  • Historical and Current Mission of Site
  • Contaminants
  • View of Contamination
  • Clean-up Programs

Sandia National Laboratory Now

  • Metals
  • Solvents
  • Organics
  • Explosives
  • PCBs (Congeners)
  • Radionuclides
  • Organo-metalics
view of contamination
View of Contamination

Disposition of contamination largely determined by the age of the site and the original purpose of the site.

regulatory requirements
Regulatory Requirements
  • Permitting
  • State Regulators: NMED, TCEQ, Idaho DEQ, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Regulatory Agreements: WIPP Land Withdrawal act of 1996, Hanford Federal Facility Agreement (Tri-State Agreement), Idaho 1995 Settlement Agreement
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission


  • Department of Transportation


limited options for disposal
Limited Options for Disposal
  • WIPP
  • TSDF Sites (8 rad and 3 non-rad DOE ASP audited sites)
  • Oak Ridge PCB Incinerator closed Fall 2009, alternative not operational as yet.
long term plans
Long Term Plans

For most sites the mission continues after clean-up is complete, but the subject for the research has shifted.

For sites intended for closure the economic impact of closure can influence the political pressures on the site.

barriers to co operation
Barriers to Co-operation
  • Proprietary Information
  • Competitive Bid Operations Contracts
  • National Security Issues
  • “Dirty Laundry”
  • Job Security
  • Lack of Communication


areas of co operation
Areas of Co-operation
  • VSP
areas for increased co operation
Areas for Increased Co-operation
  • Auditing
  • Contamination Detection and Remediation
  • Data Validation and Verification Applications
  • Data Package Assessments – In depth investigation using submitted data packages to verify laboratory implementation of quality systems
  • Project Audits – Site specific requirements investigated in depth
  • Specialty Audits - Non-DOECAP Laboratory Audits for specialty analyses such as dioxins/furans, PCB Congeners, and volatile fatty acids
contamination and remediation research
Contamination and Remediation Research
  • Sandia Toluene Study – Trace level toluene contamination investigation
  • PantexNewmanZone® Remediation Application – Hexavalent chromium and explosives neutralization
  • LANL Beryllium Detection

Application – Fast and inexpensive

colorimetric test for presence of Be

  • LANL Amenable Cyanide

Study –Cerro Grande fire response

electronic validation applications
Electronic Validation Applications
  • Pantex Electronic Data Review
  • Sandia Sample Anomaly Report
  • CWI Radiochemistry Recalculations
  • Sandia Data Validation Qualifier App
removing barriers
Removing Barriers
  • Demonstrate to DOE advantage of consistency
  • Use “dirty laundry” to create “lessons learned” so the DOE doesn’t pay multiple contractors to repeat mistakes
  • Establish standards for

information security

designations so that

transfer of


information can occur

possible communication mechanisms
Possible Communication Mechanisms
  • Post on the DOECAP website Bulletin Board
  • Establish a Technology Transfer area on the DOE Website
  • Post notices on the DOE Health Safety and Security ASP News Webpage

The similarities between the sites outweigh the differences in many areas. The effort needed to overcome the barriers to co-operation is far outweighed by the benefit to the sites and the DOE EM program as a whole.

aqa contact information
AQA Contact Information

Mark Minteer, PresidentPaul Winkler, Senior Scientist

Office: (505) 299-5201 Cell: (505) 504-8149

Cell: (970) 250-5832

Jamie Fox Cheryl Schloesslin

Business DevelopmentProject Manager

Office: (505) 307-3770 Office: (970) 245-2254

Cell: (505) 366-3801 Cell: (970) 210-9770

Kimberly Noland, Contract Manager

Office: (970) 464-4914

Cell: (970) 640-0082

Fax: (970) 464-0594