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Performance criteria testing

Description: Savannah River Plant (SRP) has initiated an aggressive program aimed at improving their shipper/receiver (S/R) posture. The site is routinely involved in 800 nuclear material transfers/year. This many transactions between facilities provides many opportunities for resolving S/R differences. Resolution of S/R differences requires considerable effort from both DOE offices and contractors, presents legitimate safeguards concerns if the receiving quantity is less than the quantity shipped, and must be resolved for shipments to continue. This paper will discuss the programs in place at SRP to improve their position versus shipments and receipts of nuclear materials including: S/R agreements, which provide a method of communicating between the shipping and receiving facility and protects both facilities by eliminating misunderstandings; nondestructive assay (NDA) instrumentation, which allows the facility to obtain an accountability quality value for receipt before the material is processed; more accurate and precise analytical techniques in use wherever SRP does not have the capability to measure a shipment or receipt by NDA; S/R values are graphed to identify trends and/or biases that may not have exceeded any error limits; and the central Material Control and Accountability (MC and A) division has become more involved in analyzing the data from shipments and receipts including the calculation of limits of error (LOE`s), instrument biases, and analyzing trends.
Date: 1988-06~
Creator: Davis, F. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Operational perspective on safeguards issues

Description: Today's S S regulatory environment is best characterized as dynamic and turbulent. As a result, S S programs, policies and procedures are rapidly undergoing change, sometimes major, to withstand internal and external scrutiny. Currently the Material Control and Accountability (MC A) DOE Order 5633.3 forms the basis of the MC A programs throughout the DOE complex. Although these requirements can be and often are made more restrictive by the field office and/or the site contractor, this order establishes the minimum standards that programs must meet. The present policy makes exceptions to this order difficult, if not impossible, to be granted. Therefore, strict compliance is expected, and enforced through audits. Having the MC A requirements commonly understood by those that enforce compliance and educating the contractors and DOE field offices in the standards they will be audited against would offer definite advantages. However, the requirements are not always commonly understood because some are ambiguous and leave room for interpretation. A further complicating factor is the different nature and mission of the facilities in the DOE complex, which forces many DOE requirements to be ambiguous or not applicable. This report analyzes operational issues at the Savannah River Site and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Date: January 1, 1991
Creator: Davis, F.B. & Ostenak, C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department