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Use of CAP88 at Department of Energy Sites

Snyder, Sandra*; Vázquez, Gustavo; Hay, Tristan*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182904d8f
Operational Topic

The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to protecting the public and environment against undue risk from radiation associated with radiological activities conducted under its control. Some U.S. Department of Energy Site activities result in emissions of radioactive materials to the air. CAP88 codes are used to model these emissions and the subsequent maximum estimated dose to a member of the public in the vicinity of the U.S. Department of Energy Site. This paper reviews the use of the CAP88 code at the variety of U.S. Department of Energy sites that use it for compliance reporting under Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 61, Subpart H.

Many U.S. Department of Energy sites have operations that result in low levels of radioactive material emissions to the air. Most sites evaluate these emissions with a CAP88 code.

*Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PO Box 999, K3-54, Richland, WA 99352; †U.S. Department of Energy, Vázquez, Gustavo, Office of Health Safety and Security, HS-22, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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