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Adapting MARSSIM for FUSRAP Site Closure

Johnson, Robert; Durham, L.; Rieman, C.

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The Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) provides a coherent, technically defensible process for establishing that exposed surfaces satisfy site cleanup requirements. Unfortunately, many sites have complications that challenge a direct application of MARSSIM. Example complications include Record of Decision (ROD) requirements that are not MARSSIM-friendly, the potential for subsurface contamination, and incomplete characterization information. These types of complications are typically the rule, rather than the exception, for sites undergoing radiologically-driven remediation and closure. One such site is the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Linde site in Tonawanda, New York. Cleanup of the site is currently underway. The Linde site presented a number of challenges to designing and implementing a closure strategy consistent with MARSSIM. This paper discusses some of the closure issues confronted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District at the Linde site and describes how MARSSIM protocols were adapted to address these issues.

This site presented a number of challenges to designing and implementing a closure strategy consistent with MARSSIM.

* Environmental Assessment Division Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439; † U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, 1766 Niagara Street, NY 14207.

For correspondence or reprints contact: R. Johnson, Environmental Assessment Division Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439, or email at rlj@anl.gov.

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