[ RadSafe ] Looking for information on soil contamination

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue Aug 14 13:05:43 CDT 2012

Hi, Harry.

Just out of curiosity, why would you ever decon people and equipment
over soil, rather than on a surface that can be itself be easily
deconed, or easily removed?  If you are cleaning up heavy vehicles in
the field you might need to bury your surface under a foot or so of sand
to keep it from getting damaged, but it can be done.  I live in
confidence that it will be cheaper to prevent the spread of
contamination to the soil column than it will be to clean it up.  

And posting it as a "Contaminated Area" just means the cleanup will be
bigger and vastly more expensive when it is eventually required.  

The Navy realized some time ago that control is WAY cheaper and easier
than cleanup.

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Looking for information on soil contamination



I've been asked to gather information on how other organizations
evaluate the potential for soil contamination to result in removable
contamination on persons and equipment.  In other words, what criteria
are being used to determine when an area of soil contamination must be
posted as a Contamination Area?


We are particularly interested in the Army, Navy, and Air Force
approach, however all replies are helpful.


Please contact me directly with a quick note about what you do, at
H.Anagnostopoulos at nv.doe.gov.


Thanks in advance,


-          Harry



Harry Anagnostopoulos, CHP

Radiation Services Manager

Navarro-Intera contracted to the 

U.S. Department of Energy, NNSA Nevada Site Office

P.O. Box 98952

Las Vegas, NV  89193-8952

(702) 295-3489 Desk

(702) 513-4264 Cell

H.Anagnostopoulos at NV.DOE.GOV <mailto:H.Anagnostopoulos at NV.DOE.GOV> 


"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but
planning is indispensable."

-             President Dwight D. Eisenhower




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