What Is Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning and Why Is It Important?

Nuclear power plant decommissioning is the process of safely retiring and deconstructing a nuclear power plant after it has reached the end of its operational life. At Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS), we understand the importance of proper decommissioning and offer comprehensive services to ensure a safe and efficient decommissioning process. Contact us today!

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Steps to Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Shut Down: Decommissioning a nuclear power plant involves several key steps. The first step is to shut down the facility, which includes ceasing power production and safely removing and storing any remaining nuclear fuel. This ensures that the plant no longer poses a risk of generating nuclear reactions or releasing radiation.

Decontamination: After shutdown, the next phase is decontamination, where all radioactive materials and contaminants are safely removed from the plant’s structure and components. This process requires meticulous planning and specialized equipment to ensure thorough and effective decontamination.

Dismantling: Once decontamination is complete, the final phase is dismantling and disposal. This involves the careful dismantling of equipment, systems, and structures, followed by proper disposal or recycling of the materials. It is crucial to handle this step with utmost care and follow regulatory and environmental guidelines to minimize any potential impact on public health and the environment.

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The Importance of Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Proper nuclear plant decommissioning is important for several reasons. It ensures the safe handling and disposal of radioactive materials, preventing any potential harm to human health and the environment. Regulations and guidelines are in place to ensure that decommissioning activities are conducted in a controlled and monitored manner to minimize the risk of radiation exposure and contamination.

Additionally, decommissioning allows the land previously occupied by the power plant to be returned to its original state or repurposed for other uses. This can revitalize the surrounding area and contribute to economic development.

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Why Choose RSCS?

By choosing RSCS for nuclear power plant decommissioning, you can be confident that your project will be executed with the highest levels of safety, compliance, and efficiency. Our experienced team will work closely with you to develop a tailored decommissioning plan that meets all regulatory requirements and addresses your specific needs.

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We understand the complexities and challenges involved in decommissioning a nuclear power plant and have the expertise and resources to ensure that the process is carried out effectively. Trust RSCS for your decommissioning needs, and we will deliver results that prioritize safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance. Get in touch today.

Benefits of Outsourcing Radiological Project Management Services

At Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS), we understand the complexities and challenges that come with radiological project management. That’s why we offer expert outsourcing services that can benefit your organization in numerous ways. Here are four key benefits of outsourcing radiological project management services from RSCS. Contact us today!

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Expertise and Experience

Our team at RSCS consists of highly skilled and experienced professionals who specialize in radiological project management. By outsourcing your project to us, you gain access to our extensive knowledge and expertise in the field. We have successfully managed numerous projects, from radioactive material transportation and disposal to decommissioning and site remediation. With our guidance, you can be confident that your radiological project will be handled with utmost precision and compliance.

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Efficiency and Cost Savings

Outsourcing radiological project management allows you to streamline your operations and focus on your core business activities. Our dedicated team will handle all aspects of project management, including planning, scheduling, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance. By leveraging our expertise, you can save valuable time and resources, ultimately leading to cost savings for your organization.

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Regulatory Compliance

The field of radiological project management is highly regulated, with strict guidelines and protocols in place to ensure safety and environmental protection. Our team at RSCS has in-depth knowledge of these regulations and stays up to date with any changes or updates. By outsourcing your project management to us, you can rest assured that your project will be executed in full compliance with all relevant regulations, avoiding any potential legal or regulatory complications.

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Risk Mitigation

Radiological projects often involve inherent risks, including exposure to radiation, potential accidents, and environmental hazards. By partnering with RSCS, you benefit from our comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation strategies. We will identify potential risks, develop safety protocols, and implement effective measures to minimize any potential impact. Our goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of your workforce, the public, and the environment throughout the entire project.

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Outsourcing radiological project management services from RSCS provides your organization with access to expert knowledge, streamlined operations, regulatory compliance, and effective risk mitigation strategies. We are committed to delivering superior project management solutions that meet your unique requirements and exceed your expectations. Let us handle your radiological projects with care and expertise, so you can focus on achieving your organizational goals. Contact us today!

Nuclear News Showcases RSCS’ Mobile Chemistry Laboratory

   In the Summer of 2023, the Environmental and Engineering Support Team worked on a unique project, constructing a mobile chemistry trailer. Energy Solutions requested a Chemistry Trailer to support chemistry and counting room analysis for lake discharges, well samples, water chemistry during the RVI process and analyze soil samples and open-air demo air samples during the D&D process, final status surveys (FSS), and support of the license termination plan (LTP) throughout the site. FSS samples will be counted over the life of the project. The Chemistry trailer will also house the two Tennelecs which will be in service until all waste is removed from the site.

   In December of 2023, Nuclear News featured this story in their magazine. This article unveils a marvel of engineering and scientific ingenuity, showcasing a mobile laboratory designed to redefine the possibilities of on-the-go research. Whether you’re a science enthusiast, a professional in the field, or simply curious about the future of scientific exploration, this piece promises to captivate your imagination. Discover how RSCS is pushing the boundaries of traditional research environments, offering a glimpse into a realm where laboratories can travel to the heart of the action. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore the groundbreaking advancements and limitless potential that the RSCS custom-built laboratory trailer brings to the industry. Dive into the article and be prepared to be inspired by the fusion of mobility and innovation in the pursuit of knowledge.

Click the following link to view the Nuclear News articleRSCS Nuclear News Article Dec 2023

 

 

RSCS Elevates Standards with RSO Training in 2024

In 2024, Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS) will be offering the opportunity for professionals to enhance their skills with the continuation of their Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) training program. Renowned for its expertise in radiation safety, RSCS is set to provide a cutting-edge curriculum that encompasses crucial aspects of radiation management. With registrations now open, this program is tailored to equip participants with the requisite skills to excel in the role of a Radiation Safety Officer. RSCS’s commitment to fostering proficiency in radiation safety positions this training as a pivotal resource for individuals seeking to enhance their expertise in 2024 and beyond.

Course Content:

RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER – RSO
This comprehensive five-day course provides students with a balance of technical and theoretical information along with practical applications of radiation safety. Fundamental concepts are presented in a logical progression, providing a sound basis for understanding the day-to-day requirements of the Radiation Safety Officer. This training includes DOT requirements for transportation of radioactive material and satisfies the requirements of Subpart H. A DOT exam is included. After the course, a Course Completion Certificate is provided to document the successful completion of the course modules.  There are no prerequisites or prior experience necessary to enroll in this course. References from past students are available upon request.

Continuing education credits have been approved by the American Academy of Health Physics (32 Continuing Education Credits) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (40 hours of Category A Continuing Education Credits) for this five-day RSO course.

Course Outline

  • Math and Physics Review
  • Radiation and Radioactivity
  • Biological Effects
  • Radiological Hazards
  • Detection and Measurement
  • Operational Program
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • DOT Regulations

2024 Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) training courses will be held in April, June, and September 2024. 

 

Unveiling Cutting-Edge Radiation Simulation Technology at World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris

We are thrilled to announce the participation of Eric Darois and Steve Nester at the highly anticipated World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, France, taking place from November 28 to November 30. Eric and Steve will not only be in attendance but will also be at the forefront, conducting an insightful workshop on November 30th at 12:00, poised to elevate the nuclear industry’s understanding of cutting-edge technologies.

The highlight of the workshop will be an exclusive presentation and in-depth demonstration, showcasing the unparalleled power and fidelity of our SIM-Teq radiation simulation products. This workshop promises to provide attendees with a firsthand experience of the immersive training environment that SIM-Teq offers, setting a new standard in the industry.

Throughout the conference, Eric and Steve will be accompanying their colleagues at the Helgeson booth, eager to engage with industry professionals, enthusiasts, and curious minds alike. The booth will serve as a hub for discussions, networking opportunities, and, of course, an up-close look at our state-of-the-art simulation products.

We extend a warm invitation to all attendees to drop by the Helgeson booth and discover the future of radiation simulation technology. Engage with our experts, ask questions, and explore the transformative potential of SIM-Teq. Don’t miss this chance to witness firsthand the advancements that are reshaping the landscape of radiation simulation and training.

In the spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, we look forward to connecting with you at the World Nuclear Exposition. Together, let’s embark on a journey to explore the limitless possibilities that SIM-Teq brings to the world of radiation simulation.

 

New Course Alert: Final Status Survey (FSS) Academy 2024

Get ready to perfect your FSS skills because a brand-new course is being offered at Radiation Safety & Control Services. ‘FSS Academy,’ the brainchild of industry experts and educators, Radiation Safety & Control Services, is set to become your ultimate source of hands-on experience and skill development.

As project managers, you are fully aware of the difficulty in finding, hiring, and retaining engineers and technicians with actual FSS experience. This trend will likely continue. Therefore, the FSS Academy can reinforce your FSS personnel requirements by training your select group of employees to effectively perform FSS quality surveys.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone new to FSS, this course has something for everyone. Here’s a sneak peek into what ‘FSS Academy’ is all about:

  • MARSSIM Basis Fundamentals
  • Classroom and hands-on field training relative to industry standard FSS survey instrumentation.
  • Hands-on field training using our exclusive SIM-Teq FSS instrumentation to match DCGL performance criteria.
  • The insight of 25 years of RSCS experience performing FSSs.

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RSCS’ Cutting-Edge Training Simulators [SIM-Teq] Make Waves in the NCMS Spotlight

[A petty officer assigned to the USS Frank Cable, a submarine tender, uses a RADIAC meter on another officer to monitor possible radiological contamination. (US Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kim McLendon.)]

 

Introduction

In the ever-evolving world of military technology and training, innovation is key. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has recently shone a well-deserved spotlight on RSCS (Radiation Safety and Control Services, Inc.) and its groundbreaking training simulators, known as SIM-Teq. This recognition comes on the heels of their pivotal involvement in the Navy’s Radiation Detection, Indication, and Computation (RADIAC) project.

Revolutionizing Military Training: SIM-Teq

SIM-Teq, RSCS’ innovative line of training simulators, is changing the way military personnel prepare for real-world situations. These cutting-edge simulators offer a sophisticated and immersive environment to develop skills related to radiological and nuclear scenarios. They have proven invaluable in the training and preparation of military personnel, ensuring they can respond effectively and safely in a variety of circumstances.

The NCMS Connection

The NCMS, an organization dedicated to advancing technology and innovation in the defense industry, has recognized the exceptional work being done by RSCS in collaboration with the Navy’s RADIAC project. This project, focusing on radiation detection, is vital for military safety and preparedness. RSCS has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing training solutions to support this project’s success.

Benefits of SIM-Teq in Military Training

The SIM-Teq simulators offer a range of benefits that contribute to the overall effectiveness of military training programs:

  1. Realistic Scenarios: SIM-Teq simulators recreate realistic radiological and nuclear scenarios, providing trainees with a lifelike learning experience.
  2. Safe Learning Environment: Military personnel can train without the risks associated with actual radiological and nuclear materials, ensuring their safety while gaining valuable skills.
  3. Performance Assessment: The simulators provide in-depth data on trainee performance, helping instructors tailor training to individual needs.
  4. Cost-Efficient: SIM-Teq eliminates the need for costly radiation sources for training exercises, saving both time and resources.

The Future of Radiation Safety Training

The collaboration between RSCS and the Navy’s RADIAC project highlights the importance of technological advancements in military training. It not only improves the skillset of our armed forces but also enhances their safety in handling hazardous materials and responding to emergencies.

As SIM-Teq continues to play a pivotal role in training military personnel, we can expect to see the positive impact of these simulators in the field, where quick and precise action is essential.

The NCMS spotlight on RSCS’ SIM-Teq and its involvement in the Navy’s RADIAC project showcases the cutting-edge technology and innovation taking place in the defense industry. It’s a reminder of the commitment to excellence and safety that drives our armed forces to stay prepared and ready for any challenge that may arise.

Read the full article here: SIM-Teq NCMS Article

*Article reprinted by permission; copyright 2023 National Center of Manufacturing Sciences, www.ncms.org.

4 Types of Environmental Engineering Services Offered Through RSCS

Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS) is dedicated to providing comprehensive environmental engineering services to help businesses and organizations effectively manage their environmental challenges, including civil, geotechnical, and hydrogeological issues, at operating and/or decommissioned nuclear sites. With a team of experienced professionals and state-of-the-art technology, RSCS offers a wide range of services aimed at protecting the environment and ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. Here are four types of environmental engineering services offered by RSCS. Contact us today!

Civil/Geotechnical Services

RSCS offers civil and geotechnical engineering services to assess and manage the impact of development projects on the environment. This includes site evaluations, geotechnical investigations, and the design of infrastructure systems, such as wastewater treatment plants and landfills. By conducting comprehensive assessments and providing sound engineering solutions, RSCS helps clients minimize potential environmental risks.

Groundwater Investigation

Another key area of expertise offered by RSCS is groundwater investigation. This involves evaluating groundwater quality, identifying potential sources of contamination, and developing strategies to remediate contaminated groundwater. RSCS utilizes advanced technologies and modeling techniques to assess the extent of contamination and design effective remediation plans, ensuring the protection of this valuable natural resource.

Soil Vapor Extraction Technology

RSCS specializes in soil vapor extraction technology, which is used to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from contaminated soils. This process involves the use of extraction wells to pull vapor-phase contaminants from the soil and treat them through various methods, such as carbon adsorption or thermal desorption. RSCS’s expertise in soil vapor extraction helps clients efficiently and cost-effectively remediate contaminated sites.

Soil Screening Concentration Assessment

RSCS also provides soil screening concentration (SSC) assessment services, which involve evaluating the concentration of hazardous substances in soil samples. By conducting rigorous laboratory testing and analysis, RSCS helps clients determine whether the soil poses a risk to human health or the environment. This assessment is vital for identifying contaminated sites and initiating appropriate remediation measures.

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These are just some of the environmental engineering services we offer. Here at Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS), we strive to help you with all of your environmental, as well as nuclear and radiation safety needs. Call today!

How Instrument Calibration Improves the Performance of Radiation Detection Equipment

Instrument calibration plays a crucial role in ensuring accurate and reliable measurements from radiation detection equipment. Radiation Safety & Control Services (RSCS) recognizes the importance of instrument calibration and offers comprehensive calibration services to improve the performance of radiation detection equipment.

What Is Instrument Calibration?

Calibration of laboratory equipment and other equipment involves comparing the measurements taken by a device to a known reference standard. This process helps identify and correct any inaccuracies or deviations in the instrument’s readings. When it comes to radiation detection equipment, accuracy is paramount as even small errors can have significant consequences for health and safety.

The Importance of Instrument Calibration 

By calibrating radiation detection instruments, RSCS ensures that the equipment functions optimally and provides precise measurements. This enables users to have confidence in the readings and make informed decisions regarding their radiation protection practices.

What Radiation Detection Equipment Calibration Does

Calibration improves performance by addressing factors that can affect measurement accuracy, such as drift, environmental conditions, and aging. Over time, radiation detection instruments may experience changes that can impact their readings. Radiation detection equipment calibration helps identify and correct these changes, ensuring the instrument is operating within its specified tolerances.

Other Benefits of Radiation Detection Equipment Calibration

Furthermore, regular calibration helps detect any malfunctions or issues with the instrument’s hardware or software. It allows RSCS to identify and rectify problems before they lead to inaccurate readings or equipment failures. This proactive approach enhances the reliability and longevity of the laboratory or radiation detection equipment.

When It Comes to Radiation Detection Equipment Calibration

In the field of radiation safety, where accurate measurements are essential for determining radiation exposure and ensuring compliance with regulatory limits, calibration is of utmost importance. It helps maintain high standards of accuracy, reliability, and traceability for radiation detection instruments.

Our Standards

RSCS’s calibration services adhere to national and international standards, ensuring the instruments are calibrated to known and traceable references. We are accredited by the American National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard (RadiationSafetyCertScope-V010). Our highly trained technicians use precise equipment and follow rigorous procedures to perform calibrations accurately.

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Instrument calibration of lab equipment is key to improving the performance of radiation detection equipment. RSCS understands the significance of radiation detection equipment calibration in maintaining accurate and reliable measurements. By offering comprehensive calibration services, RSCS ensures that radiation detection equipment delivers optimal performance, contributing to effective radiation safety practices. Get started today!

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Mobile Chemistry Trailer – Designed & Built by RSCS

 

   This summer the Environmental and Engineering Support Team has been working on a unique project, constructing a mobile chemistry trailer. Energy Solutions requested a Chemistry Trailer to support chemistry and counting room analysis for lake discharges, well samples, water chemistry during the RVI process and, analyze soil samples and open-air demo air samples during the D&D process, final status surveys (FSS), and support of the license termination plan (LTP) throughout the site. FSS samples will be counted over the life of the project. The Chemistry trailer will also house the two Tennelecs which will be in service until all waste is removed from the site.

   Chemistry and counting facilities are normally housed in a chemistry lab. D&D requires the evacuation of all buildings on site. To maintain chemistry and counting of all samples temporary facility will be needed, that will be moved. Given industry practices the modification of a semi-trailer has proven to be a good equivalent to a lab facility.

   The Trailer will be the last piece of equipment that leaves the site when D&D and FSS are complete. This project had several engineering challenges, such as reinforcing the floor to take the weight of 4 gamma caves, Tennelecs, and an LSC. Doors, windows, and an HVAC system were also added with a lot of custom fabrication. Separate sinks for regular waste and contaminated, plenty of outlets for additional equipment, and two workstations. 

   The result was a unique mobile lab that can be deployed around the country.