DOE Environmental Surveillance

Four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) sites selected EQuIS for the DOE Environmental Surveillance program and the Office of Legacy Management (LM).

EarthSoft’s EQuIS is commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software for environmental data management enabling these DOE sites to assess field environmental program performance, site-wide environmental monitoring, surveillance effectiveness, and confirming compliance with environmental standards.  The cost to support EQuIS COTS software over multiple years is a fraction of the cost compared to legacy home grown software.

EQuIS provides end-to-end data management workflow that is well suited for DOE’s Environmental Surveillance program requirements illustrated below. This extends to decommissioned cleanup sites, as the Office of Legacy Management (LM) selected EQuIS as the solution to manage all decommissioned DOE site data.

DOE LM has worked with EarthSoft since 2014 to migrate multiple different databases from numerous DOE decommissioned sites to a centralized EQuIS system. EarthSoft worked closely with DOE coordinating multiple divisions with EQuIS workflows, configuring software modules for complex field data collection, developing EQuIS Enterprise dashboards to gather and monitor permit/land access data, and configuring reports and graphics.

Environmental Surveillance

Environmental Surveillance monitors and quantifies effects that operations have on the site and the surrounding area and population, particularly relating to radionuclide concentrations. The goal is to assure the public that risks from DOE site contaminants through exposure pathways are well understood. Surveillance activities cover both radiological and non-radiological exposure pathways and are performed for various environmental media including air, rain, surface water, drinking water, soil, sediment, vegetation, food products, and terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.

Environmental Surveillance performs cumulative assessments of on- and off-site environmental impacts to determine whether radionuclides or other chemical or metal pollutants from DOE site releases have reached the environment in measurable quantities, and measure the impact of off-site human health exposures from site operations. In most cases, the assessments of radiation exposure are based on measurements made at the points of release (stacks and effluent streams) since releases of radionuclides from the site are usually too low to be measured in offsite air and food crops.

Information and data gathered from Environmental Surveillance activities are summarized in the Annual Site Environmental Report (ASER) and are also integrated with the environmental cleanup mission assessment activities.

Exposure Pathways to Humans from Air and Liquid Effluents

See the Environmental Surveillance Media Managed in EQuIS

EarthSoft works with DOE staff to assist in field sampling and data gathering workflows, and  reporting requirements for air emissions, thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD), soil/vegetation, surface water, drinking water, sediment, wildlife, food/farm and radiological compounds. The chart below illustrates the Environmental Surveillance program media and the sampling frequency of the data types captured in EQuIS.

Example of media and sampling frequency for the Environmental Surveillance program.

US Department of Energy Program Update front cover

Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) Program Update

In this DOE LM Program Update, DOE LM shares lessons with Hanford Mission Support Alliance and the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) about implementing their new EQuIS environmental data management system.

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