The purpose of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. Sect. 2011 - Sect. 2259) (AEA) is to assure the proper management of source, special nuclear, and byproduct material. The AEA and the statutes that amended it delegate the control of nuclear energy primarily to DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) , and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- DOE STD-1196-2011, Derived Concentration Technical Standard Complements and supports the implementation of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 458.1, Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment. It establishes the numerical values of Derived Concentration technical standards DCSs and new internal dose coefficients for the ingestion of water, inhalations and submersion in air, all in a manner reflecting the current state of knowledge and practice in radiation protection.
- DOE-STD-1153-2002, A Graded Approach for Evaluating Radiation Doses to Aquatic and Terrestial Biota:
- Module I: Principals and Application
- Module II: Detailed Guidance
- Module III: Methods and Derivation
- ALARA Handbook: DOE-HDBK-1215-2014 Optimizing Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment for Use With DOE O 458.1, ALARA
The purpose of the ALARA Handbook (below) is to provide guidance for implementing and complying with the current As low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) requirements of DOE O 458.1, 4.d. for the development and application of a program to keep radiation exposures of the public and releases of radioactive material to the environment from DOE activities as low as is reasonably achievable. That is, an ALARA program means the set of design specifications, operating procedures, techniques, monitoring and surveillance programs, records, and instructions used to implement the ALARA process. ALARA process means a logical procedure for evaluating alternative operations, processes, and other measures, designed to reduce exposures to radiation and emissions of radioactive material into the environment, taking into account societal, environmental, technological, economic, practical, and public policy considerations to make a judgment concerning the optimum level of public health protection. The term radiological protection, is used in this document in the broad sense in that it includes, among other things, the design and operation of those processing components whose function is to remove radioactive material from waste streams which become part of the effluent releases to the environment or to constitute other sources of exposure of members of the public.
Effluent monitoring and environmental surveillance of radioactive materials are a continuing major part of the radiological protection programs at Department of Energy (DOE) sites. The purpose of this Handbook is to identify procedures, systems, methods, instruments and practices that may be used to plan and implement radiological effluent monitoring and environmental surveillance that meet the requirements in DOE Order (O) 458.1, Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment. Effluent monitoring and environmental surveillance activities, like other DOE activities, present risks and hazards that need to be considered in planning the work. The focus of this document is on the sampling, monitoring and analysis activities and although not addressed in detail in this Handbook, appropriate job hazard analyses are necessary to ensure worker safety.
DOE-HDBK-1216-2015 is the update of the regulatory guide Environmental Regulatory Guide for Radiological Effluent Monitoring and Environmental Surveillance (DOE/EH-0173T; January 1991). DOE/EH-0173T is still accessible on the following link: DOE/EH-0173T(1991), Environmental Regulatory Guide for Radiological Effluent Monitoring and Environmental Surveillance
Under DOE O 458.1 the approved surface contamination guidelines are presented in Table IV-1, DOE O 5400.5 (Predecessor of DOE O 458.1) or alternatively Draft DOE G 441.1-XX, Implementation Guide: Control and Release of Property with Residual Radioactive Materials.
Radioactive Waste Management
- DOE O 435.1, Change 1, Radioactive Waste Management
- DOE M 435.1-1 Chg 1, Radioactive Waste Management Manual
- DOE G 435.1-1 Chapter 1, General Responsibilities and Requirements
- DOE G 435.1-1 Chapter 2, High-Level Waste Requirements
- DOE G 435.1-1 Chapter 3, Transuranic Waste Requirements
- DOE G 435.1-1 Chapter 4, Low-Level Waste Requirements
DOE Institutional Controls
- DOE P 454.1, Use of Institutional Controls
- DOE G 454.1-1, Institutional Controls Implementation Guide for Use with DOE P 454.1, Use of Institutional Controls
Federal Environmental Laws
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- American Indian Religious Freedom and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Acts
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Emergency Planning and Community-Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA)
- Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act