The ORISE Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory (REAL) performs independent analysis for DOE and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of environmental samples, construction materials, waste materials, as well as other sample types for radiological and metal contaminants.
In August, REAL staff learned the results of its two most recent performance tests—the DOE Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Intercomparison Test Program, both of which had 100 percent acceptance score.
DOE Audit Senior Technical Manager David Sill complimented the ORISE radiochem laboratory stating, “There is no other (environmental radiochemistry) lab in the country that delivers high accuracy data on a consistent basis like REAL.”
Also in August, REAL underwent an annual NRC audit during which Idaho National Laboratory’s Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory evaluated the quality assurance and technical systems in place for complying with established quality requirements and effectiveness of implementation. The audit was conducted at the direction of the NRC, and while the audit team did identify two minor observations for improving quality and analytical systems, no findings were identified.
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