New Meteorlogical Data for Ventsar XL

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Every five years Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) generates an updated meteorological database to facilitate dosimetric calculations of accident and routine release scenarios for onsite and offsite populations. This information becomes the input of various environmental dosimetry codes run by the Environmental Dosimetry Group (EDG) at SRNL. The three most recent databases prior to the current one were completed for the time periods 1987-1991, 1992-1996, and 1997-2001. The current database covers the period 2002-2006. This study represents a portion of a larger study to compare the meteorological data among these four five-year periods and focuses on updating VENTSAR XL{copyright} for ... continued below

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Foley, T. & Jannik, T. June 13, 2010.

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    Publisher Info: Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
    Place of Publication: Aiken, South Carolina

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Every five years Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) generates an updated meteorological database to facilitate dosimetric calculations of accident and routine release scenarios for onsite and offsite populations. This information becomes the input of various environmental dosimetry codes run by the Environmental Dosimetry Group (EDG) at SRNL. The three most recent databases prior to the current one were completed for the time periods 1987-1991, 1992-1996, and 1997-2001. The current database covers the period 2002-2006. This study represents a portion of a larger study to compare the meteorological data among these four five-year periods and focuses on updating VENTSAR XL{copyright} for the current meteorological database. The updated meteorological data are also applied in other dosimetry models approved for risk and dose assessment at Savannah River Site (SRS). VENTSAR XL{copyright} is a Gaussian Plume model that includes building effects and plume rise. The typical input involves the location of the release, building dimensions, distance to the building, release height, vent diameter, vent gas temperature, gas molecular weight, ambient air temperature, breathing rate, meteorological conditions, radionuclides and their amount released. The output is easily converted into tables and graphs for further analysis and shows the concentrations and pathway doses for each of the incremental downwind distances. VENTSAR XL{copyright} has been used at SRS to investigate building effects such as reactor cooling towers in support of safety analyses. VENTSAR XL{copyright} has also been applied to Good Engineering Practice (GEP) stack height evaluations for various projects at SRS. In accordance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977, GEP must be used in determining the height of any stack that will be used to disperse routine emissions. With respect to stack heights, the GEP height is 'the height necessary to ensure that emissions from the stack do not result in excessive concentrations of any air pollutant in the immediate vicinity of the source as a result of atmospheric downwash, eddies and wakes which may be created by the source itself, nearby structures or nearby terrain obstacles.' The EPA has set specific criteria to determine if a stack is of the acceptable height. These criteria have been used to determine a GEP stack height for several emission assessments at SRS. The EPA documents contain detailed information on how the height of a stack is determined. The general rule for stack height determination is to make the stack at least 2 1/2 times the height of nearby buildings. This estimated height can be increased or decreased based on other factors such as plume rise, downwash, and building wake effects.

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  • American Nuclear Society, San Diego, CA, 06/13/2010

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  • Report No.: SRNL-STI-2010-00009
  • Grant Number: DE-AC09-08SR22470
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 973842
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc927258

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Foley, T. & Jannik, T. New Meteorlogical Data for Ventsar XL, article, June 13, 2010; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc927258/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.