Analytical Services Program (ASP) wheel, showing the logos of the various services: Department of Energy Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP); DOECAP Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) Audit Program; DOECAP-Accreditation Program (AP); Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP); Visual Sample Plan (VSP); Quality System Manual (QSM); Data Quality Workgroup (DQW); and ASP Training.

The Analytical Services Program (ASP) provides environmental management related services and products to DOE Program Offices and field element sites, including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and their contractors, in support of environmental regulatory compliance programs, remediation and clean-up efforts, and waste management.  The ASP is coordinated through the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security’s (AU) Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship (AU-21) for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

 This program aids in assuring DOE managers, workers, and the public that the data results acquired from analytical environmental laboratories are valid, reliable, and defensible.  It also helps ensure that the treatment and disposal of DOE low-level radioactive and mixed waste are accomplished in a manner which is protective of human health and the environment.  These components help to reduce DOE’s risks and liabilities in environmental monitoring, environmental remediation, and long-term legacy management and surveillance.  This is accomplished by providing quality environmental data as the basis for sound decision-making and by ensuring the compliant disposition of waste.  The six components of ASP are:  

  • Department of Energy Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP):
    • DOECAP Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) Audit Program
    • DOECAP-Accreditation Program (AP)
  • Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP)
  • Visual Sample Plan (VSP)
  • Quality System Manual (QSM)
  • Data Quality Workgroup (DQW)
  • ASP Training

DOE Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP)

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DOE Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP) Managed by the Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship (AU-21), the DOECAP seeks to reduce DOE’s environmental program management risk and assist DOE Program Offices and contractors by providing the conduct of audits and assessments that are designed to assure commercial environmental analytical laboratories and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) used by DOE entities are operating in compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental, safety and health, and transportation regulations. DOE entities can use the DOECAP audits and assessments to satisfy DOE requirements of DOE Order 435.1 Chg 2 (AdminChg), Radioactive Waste Management, and DOE Order 414.1D Chg 2 (LtdChg), Quality Assurance.

In addition, the DOECAP provides cost savings and efficiency of operations across the Department by conducting audits and assessments that would otherwise be required to be conducted and developed by each DOE entity as part of their environmental management and remediation programs.

DOECAP consists of two programs:

  • DOECAP TSDF Audit Program; and
  • DOECAP - Accreditation Program

For information on how to participate as a TSDF auditor or a DOECAP-AP observer, please submit any inquiries to the DOECAP mailbox.

DOECAP TSDF Audit Program

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DOECAP TSDF Audit Program conducts audits of commercial TSDFs while representing the DOE complex to evaluate the audited facility’s ability to treat, store, and dispose of DOE waste in a manner which is protective of human health and the environment.  The audits assess the management systems and operational activities to verify the facility’s ability to meet the applicable requirements for storing, handling, transporting, processing, and final disposition of DOE waste and material as outlined in DOE Order 435.1 Chg 2 (AdminChg), Radioactive Waste Management, and are conducted in accordance with all applicable regulations to support the requirements in DOE Order 414.1D Chg 2 (LtdChg), Quality Assurance, towards achieving quality work thorough performance and quality improvement which includes rigorous assessments and effective corrective actions to address deficiencies.  The TSDFs audit teams are comprised of DOE Federal and contractor subject matter experts (SME) from throughout the Department.

TSDF audit results also support numerous contractor evaluation needs to include approved supplier list evaluations, contract oversight, and DOE site-specific National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. 

In FY 2021, a total of 14 TSDF remote audits were conducted.  There are currently 11 audits being scheduled for FY 2022.  TSDFs that manage only hazardous waste are audited every 3 years; this includes Clean Harbors and Veolia North America facilities.

DOECAP TSDF Audit Program Participants and Schedule

TSDF FY2021 Audits FY2022 Audits

Alaron Nuclear Services

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Clean Harbors Aragonite, LLC

 

 

Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC

 

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Clean Harbors Deer Park, LLC

 

 

Clean Harbors Deer Trail, LLC

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Clean Harbors EL Dorado, LLC

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Clean Harbors Grassy Mountain, LLC

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Clean Harbors La Porte, LLC

 

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Diversified Scientific Services, Inc. - Kingston, TN

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EnergySolutions, LLC - Oak Ridge, TN

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EnergySolutions, LLC - Clive, UT

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Perma-Fix Environmental Waste Operations Center - Oak Ridge, TN

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Perma-Fix of Florida, Inc. - Gainesville, FL

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Perma-Fix Northwest, Inc. - Richland, WA

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Unitech Services Group ORSC - Oak Ridge, TN

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Veolia North America Henderson, CO

 

 

Veolia North America Port Arthur, TX

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Veolia North America Trade Waste Incineration, IL

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Waste Control Specialists LLC - Andrews, TX

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TOTAL: 

14

11

Reports of individual audits are available by submitting your request to the DOECAP mailbox.

DOECAP-Accreditation Program (DOECAP-AP)

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DOECAP-Accreditation Program (DOECAP-AP) provides DOE sites assurance that a contracted commercial laboratory is fully capable of providing accurate data analysis. The DOECAP-AP requires third-party assessments which assure that environmental sample analysis is performed using proven methods, provide valid, reliable, and defensible data, and are managing sample waste streams responsibly. The assessments are conducted by one of three DOECAP approved third-party accreditation bodies (ABs) and are assessed to the most recent version of the Department of Defense/Department of Energy (DoD/DOE) Quality Systems Manual (QSM).

DOECAP approved ABs are U.S.-based signatories to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement. The ABs must continue to meet program requirements, including submission of a documented management system conforming to ISO/IEC 17011, acceptance of specific Conditions and Criteria for Recognition, and completion of assessor training as required. Review the list of DOECAP-AP Frequently Asked Questions.

In CY 2021, a total of 20 environmental analytical laboratories were assessed.

Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP)

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Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP) The Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (RESL) has conducted the MAPEP program since 1994, through a performance based PE program that tests the ability of the laboratories to correctly analyze for radiological, stable organic and inorganic constituents representative of those at DOE sites. RESL is a government-owned and government-operated laboratory operated by the U.S. Department of Energy Idaho Operations Office. It reports directly to the DOE-ID Assistant Manager for Technical Programs and Operations, and is located at the IRC in Idaho Falls, Idaho. RESL and its predecessor organizations have been part of the DOE-ID since 1949.

RESL provides an unbiased technical component to DOE oversight of contractor operations at DOE facilities and sites. As a reference laboratory, it conducts cost-effective measurement quality assurance programs that help assure that key DOE missions are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. By assuring the quality and stability of key laboratory measurement systems throughout DOE, and by providing expert technical assistance to improve those systems and programs, it assures the reliability of data on which decisions are based. As a result, customers and stakeholders have greater confidence that those programs protect workers, the public, and the environment.

RESL’s core scientific capabilities are in analytical chemistry and radiation calibrations and measurements. The RESL staff includes professional chemists, physicists, health physicists, engineers, computer programmers, and technicians, many of whom have advanced degrees.

RESL provides for the conduct of semi-annual performance testing of laboratories managed by the DOE, other Federal agencies, and commercial analytical laboratories to determine capability and accuracy for the measurement of radiological and stable inorganics (i.e., mixed analytes) in blind samples. More information can be found at The Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program.

Visual Sample Plan (VSP)

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Visual Sample Plan (VSP), Managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a software tool that supports the development of a defensible sampling plan based on statistical sampling theory and the statistical analysis of sample results to support confident decision making. VSP couples site, building, and sample location visualization capabilities with optimal sampling design and statistical analysis strategies.

VSP is a tool that helps ensure the right type, quality, and quantity of data are gathered to support confident decisions and provides statistical evaluations of the data with decision recommendations. Developed with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control, and the United Kingdom. Many statistical sampling designs are available, from random and systematic, to sequential, adaptive cluster, and more.

The underlying methodology employs statistically defensible approaches and has strong data quality objective process underpinnings to ensure that the right type, quality, and quantity of data are gathered to support confident decisions.

  • A multi-agency sponsored sampling design and statistical assessment toolkit
  • Provides software to support the development of optimal sampling plans.
  • Determines the number and location of samples while identifying the nature and extent of environmental contamination.
  • Provides a statistical analysis of the sampling results to support decision-making.
  • Provides a real-time systematic planning tool that assists in ensuring defensible sampling and statistical analysis for DOE entities.
  • Free download available at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Energy (DOE) Quality Systems Manual (QSM)

Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Energy (DOE)  Quality Systems Manual (QSM) logo

Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Energy (DOE) Quality Systems Manual (QSM) The DoD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) and the DOE Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP) Operations Team developed this manual called the DoD/DOE Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories. The QSM provides baseline requirements for the establishment and management of quality systems for laboratories performing analytical testing services for the DoD and the DOE. The manual is based on Volume 1 of The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) Institute (TNI) Standards (September 2009), which incorporates International Organization for Standards (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17025:2005(E), General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The document can be found at (DoD/DOE) Quality Systems Manual (QSM).

  • Provides interagency collaboration between DOE and DoD to advance the interest and support of continued development and implementation of the QSM.
  • Provides support of DOE analytical needs with emerging contaminants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

DOE Data Quality Work Group (DQW)

DOE Data Quality Work Group (DQW)

DOE Data Quality Work Group (DQW) The DOE DQW consists of DOE Complex subject matter experts (SMEs) to maintain the accreditation standards, procedures, and practices associated with generating high quality analytical data. The DQW also provides collective knowledge of SMEs from the DOE Complex to update and improve the QSM, and technical support to DOE PFAS Work Group.

ASP Training

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ASP Training Provides the DOE Complex with program updates, training on DOECAP, laboratory methods, standards, environmental law, and regulation updates. Training is offered to DOE Complex ASP stakeholders through the ASP Annual Training Workshop Series and virtual training webinars throughout the year.