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Special Nuclear Material Portal Monitoring at the Nevada Test Site

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Prior to April 2007, acceptance and performance testing of the various Special Nuclear Material (SNM) monitoring devices at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) was performed by the Radiological Health Instrumentation department. Calibration and performance testing on the PM-700 personnel portal monitor was performed, but there was no test program for the VM-250 vehicle portal monitor. The handheld SNM monitors, the TSA model 470B, were being calibrated annually, but there was no performance test program. In April of 2007, the Material Control and Accountability Manager volunteered to take over performance testing of all SNM portal monitors at NTS in order to ... continued below

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Long, DeAnn & Murphy, Michael July 1, 2008.

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Prior to April 2007, acceptance and performance testing of the various Special Nuclear Material (SNM) monitoring devices at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) was performed by the Radiological Health Instrumentation department. Calibration and performance testing on the PM-700 personnel portal monitor was performed, but there was no test program for the VM-250 vehicle portal monitor. The handheld SNM monitors, the TSA model 470B, were being calibrated annually, but there was no performance test program. In April of 2007, the Material Control and Accountability Manager volunteered to take over performance testing of all SNM portal monitors at NTS in order to strengthen the program and meet U.S. Department of Energy Order requirements. This paper will discuss the following activities associated with developing a performance testing program: changing the culture, learning the systems, developing and implementing procedures, troubleshooting and repair, validating the process, physical control of equipment, acquisition of new systems, and implementing the performance test program.

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  • INMM 49th Annual Conference; Nashville, TN; July 13-17, 2008

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  • Report No.: DOE/NV/25946--479
  • Grant Number: DE-AC52-06NA25946
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 934447
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc896819

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Long, DeAnn & Murphy, Michael. Special Nuclear Material Portal Monitoring at the Nevada Test Site, article, July 1, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc896819/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.