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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION
ANNUAL TECHNICAL REPORT
JANUARY 1 - DECEMBER 31, 1996
This Annual Technical Report describes
work conducted for the Department of
Energy, Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID),
by the Environmental Science and Research
Foundation (Foundation) under contract
DE-AC07-94ID13268. The Foundation's
mission to DOE-ID provides support in
several key areas. We conduct an
environmental monitoring and surveillance
program over an area covering much of the
upper Snake River Plain, and provide
environmental education and support services
related to Idaho National Engineering and
Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) natural
resource issues. Also, the Foundation, with
its University Affiliates, conducts ecological
and radioecological research on the Idaho
National Environmental Research Park. This
research benefits major DOE-ID programs
including Waste Management, Environmental
Restoration, Spent Nuclear Fuels, and Land
Management Issues. The major
accomplishments of the Foundation and its
University Affiliates during the calendar year
1996 can be divided into five major
ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM
In this category, the Foundation and its
" Routinely sampled air, water, soils,
environmental dosimeters and various
foodstuffs throughout the upper Snake
River Plain for contaminants originating
from the INEEL. During 1995, we
collected 2,378 samples as part of the
surveillance program, and performed 3,653
analyses on these samples.
" Completed construction and began
routinely collecting data from two
Community Monitoring Stations located at
" Prepared the INEEL Site Environmental
Report for Calendar Year 1995. Also, we
prepared and distributed a report that
highlighted the significant data and
conclusions from the annual site
environmental report. This report was
written for a more general audience than
the full report and was titled, In Summary:
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Site Environmental Report for Calendar
" Developed or revised standard operating
procedures for sample collection and
preparation, safety, and quality assurance,
and incorporated them into the controlled
Environmental Science and Research
Foundation Manual. The manual contains
40 plans and procedures including 5 new
procedures for 1996.
" Continued to conduct routine quality
assurance assessments of our internal
programs as well as contractor analytical
laboratories. These assessments ranged
from informal "walkdowns" of selected
field activities by the program manager to
formal surveillances using a checklist by a
designated quality assurance coordinator.
A program to obtain and submit blind
spiked samples (samples containing a
known amount of radioactive material) to
laboratories performing radiological
analyses was also continued.
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Morris, R.C. & Blew, R.D. Environmental Science and Research Foundation annual technical report: Calendar year 1996, report, July 1, 1997; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691402/m1/4/: accessed February 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.