Nuclear and Radiation Studies: Workshop Reports/Summaries

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Low-level Radioactive Waste Management and Disposition: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE) is responsible for the safe cleanup of sites used for nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. Low-level radioactive waste is the most volumetrically significant waste stream generated by the DOE cleanup program, and it is also generated through commercial activities such as nuclear power plant operations and medical treatments. In the Unite... More >>

Adopting the International System of Units for Radiation Measurements in the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

Most countries in the world use the SI (Système International, also known as the metric system) units for radiation measurements in commercial and technical activities. The United States, in contrast, uses a mix of SI and conventional units for radiation measurements, despite 30-year-old national and international recommendations to exclusively use SI. Radiation professionals in the United States are faced with the need to understand bot... More >>

The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Symposium (2014)

The topic of the 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the nuclear age some 60 years ago. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existing experiences that have bee... More >>

Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series (2014)

During the Second World War and the ensuing Cold War, the United States created a massive industrial complex to produce nuclear materials and weapons for national defense. The activities also produced large quantities of radioactive and hazardous wastes that resulted in widespread groundwater and soil contamination. In 1989, the Office of Environmental Management (EM) was created within the Department of Energy, with the mission of the saf... More >>

Tracking Radiation Exposure from Medical Diagnostic Procedures: Workshop Report (2012)

The growing use of medical diagnostic procedures such as diagnostic computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams brings tremendous benefits in the care of most patients. Yet there are growing concerns about the potential health risks resulting from the associated radiation exposure and increase in utilization. A number of initiatives in radiation safety in medicine have taken place in the United States and internationally... More >>