Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 36 of 72
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Environmental Monitoring & CompDlance
the ORR. The sediment samples met PRGs for recreational uses; these standards
assume people will be exposed to sediments while engaging in outdoor activities
such as playing, fishing, hunting and hiking. This sampling currently excludes
sediment from Bear Creek, East Fork Poplar Creek, and White Oak Creek.
Potential Food Sources
The Division conducted regular oversight visits to cow's milk sampling sta-
tions operated by Lockheed Martin Energy Research (LMER) around the ORR.
LMER takes raw milk samples from four locations in the vicinity of the
Reservation and analyzes them for radiological contamination. The data show
that milk from the sampling area is not contaminated from Reservation activities.
The Division conducted oversight visits to LMER vegetable sampling loca-
tions around the Reservation. LMER purchases lettuce, tomatoes and turnips
from area gardeners for radiological analysis. The sample locations are the City
of Oak Ridge, including locations within the Scarboro community, Lenoir City,
Kingston, and the Claxton community. The vegetables showed no radiological
Fish and Aquatic Life
The State, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency, and DOE work together each year to develop the TDEC Tennessee
Fishing Advisory. The advisories include warnings against the consumption of
fish or contact with the water from East Fork Poplar Creek (due to Mercury and
PCB contamination) and the consumption of certain
ork Poplar Creek, species of fish from the Melton Hill and Watts Bar
Hill Reservoir and Reservoirs (due to PCB accumulation in their flesh).
Bar Reservoir are The Division worked closely in the last year with
. iORNL's Biological Monitoring and Abatement Program
ided in the TDEC (BMAP), which is coordinated by the ORNL
shing advisories. Environmental Sciences Division. By documenting the
ecological standing of a system, biological monitoring
helps identify the causes of ecological damage and
assess the effectiveness of remediation.
The BMAP now employed by DOE addresses both radiological and
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