Special Nuclear Material Portal Monitoring at the Nevada Test Site

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In the past, acceptance and performance testing of the various Special Nuclear Material (SNM) monitoring devices at the Nevada Test Site has been performed by the Radiological Health Instrumentation Department. Calibration and performance tests on the PM-700 personnel portal monitor were performed but there was no test program for the VM-250 vehicle portal monitor because it had never been put into service. The handheld SNM monitors, the TSA model 470B, were being calibrated annually, but there was no program in place to test them quarterly. In April of 2007, the Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) Manager at the time decided ... continued below

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Murphy, Mike March 1, 2008.

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In the past, acceptance and performance testing of the various Special Nuclear Material (SNM) monitoring devices at the Nevada Test Site has been performed by the Radiological Health Instrumentation Department. Calibration and performance tests on the PM-700 personnel portal monitor were performed but there was no test program for the VM-250 vehicle portal monitor because it had never been put into service. The handheld SNM monitors, the TSA model 470B, were being calibrated annually, but there was no program in place to test them quarterly. In April of 2007, the Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) Manager at the time decided that the program needed to be strengthened and MC&A took over performance testing of all SNM portal monitoring equipment. This paper will discuss the following activities associated with creating a performance testing program: changing the culture, learning the systems, writing procedures, troubleshooting/repairing, validating the process, control of equipment, acquisition of new systems, and running the program.

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

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  • Report No.: DOE/NV/25946--365
  • Grant Number: DE-AC52-06NA25946
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 926218
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901171

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Murphy, Mike. Special Nuclear Material Portal Monitoring at the Nevada Test Site, article, March 1, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901171/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.