HPS Public Information Committee July 2019

Emily Caffrey named new Editor-in-Chief of HPS’ Ask-The-Expert Feature

At the 64th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in July 2019, Emily Caffrey was named the new Editor-in-Chief of their Ask-The-Expert Feature (found here: http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/). She takes the place of Gen Roessler, who created the feature some 20 years ago. 13,000 or so questions and answers later, Ask the Experts has become the Society’s greatest public information and education endeavor. In addition to her new role as Editor-in-Chief, Emily is also assuming the role of Public Information Committee Chair.

The Public Information Committee is pictured above (front row: Ali Simpkins, Emily Caffrey, Sara Dumit; back row: Steve Sugarman, Dan Sowers).

Helen Grogan attends Radiological Effluents & Environmental Workshop

Session participants and audience at the 2019 Radiological Effluents & Environmental Workshop

Session participants and audience at the 2019 Radiological Effluents & Environmental Workshop

Helen Grogan attended the Radiological Effluents & Environmental Workshop from June 24 to 27, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. This workshop, sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), provides a valuable forum for representatives from many different nuclear facilities and related fields of work, as well as from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), to meet with and learn from each other. The first half of this year’s workshop focused on effluents and radiological environmental monitoring programs (REMP), while the last two days were focused on site groundwater programs. The workshop presentations are available for download (as a zip file) at https://www.nei.org/conferences/radiological-effluents-and-environmental-workshop.

Helen first attended this workshop in 2018, when she gave a presentation describing RAC’s implementation of RACER at Exelon that was very well received.

Helen Grogan attends 66th UNSCEAR session

Opening session of the Committee on Monday, 10 June 2019

Opening session of the Committee on Monday, 10 June 2019

Helen Grogan attended the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in Vienna, Austria, 10 to 14 June 2019. Members of the US delegation to UNSCEAR included (pictured above, left to right) A. Ansari, D. Pawel, V. Holahan, H. Grogan, B. Napier, N. Harley, and W. Bolch, and G. Woloschak (absent).

UNSCEAR Secretary Borislava Batandjieva-Metcalf (left) with Helen Grogan (right) at the reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the International Organizations in Vienna

UNSCEAR Secretary Borislava Batandjieva-Metcalf (left) with Helen Grogan (right) at the reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the International Organizations in Vienna

Borislava Batandjieva-Metcalf, the newly-appointed Secretary of the Committee, directed the session, which was attended by representatives from 25 member countries, four observer countries, and two international organizations. During the session, the Committee approved scientific reports on the evaluation of selected health effects and the inference of risk due to radiation exposure, and on lung cancer from exposure to radon. Additionally, participants advanced their work on evaluation of medical and occupational exposures, biological mechanisms relevant for the inference of cancer risks from low dose radiation, and update of the UNSCEAR 2013 Report on the levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.

RAC tours Savannah River Site

John Till presents a seminar at the Savannah River Site.

John Till presents a seminar at the Savannah River Site.

RAC enjoyed a most interesting and informative tour of several facilities at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, including the tank farms, the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), Saltstone Production Facility (SPF), Salt Disposal Units (SDUs), and the Salt Waste Production Facility (SWPF). All these facilities are instrumental in managing and processing radioactive wastes at the Savannah River Site. The tour was organized by Scott Kirk of BWX Technologies. John Till who heads RAC provided a lunchtime seminar that was well-received by SRS personnel.

John Till (right) and Helen Grogan (2nd from right at front) at the Members' Dinner during the 2019 NCRP annual meeting

RAC attends 55th NCRP annual meeting

Emily Caffrey and Helen Grogan at the 2019 NCRP annual meeting

Emily Caffrey and Helen Grogan at the 2019 NCRP annual meeting

RAC team members including John Till, Helen Grogan, and Emily Caffrey attended the Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) on April 1 and 2, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The theme of this year’s annual meeting was “Providing Best Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Radiation”.

Topics examined during the five meeting sessions included health issues related to manned space missions, fundamentals of the dose-risk relationship, epidemiological data regarding low radiation exposure and cataracts and circulatory diseases, NCRP’s role in providing emergency response guidance, and current radioactive waste disposal issues. Dr. C. Norman Coleman presented the Sixteenth Annual Warren K. Sinclair Keynote Address, and Dr. André Bouville delivered the Forty-Third Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture. The Third Thomas S. Tenforde Topical Lecture was delivered by Dr. Genevieve S. Roessler.

Naohiko Yokoshima, Director of the Export Promotion Division in the Food Industry Bureau of MAFF (Japan)

RAC presents at NEA Symposium in Paris

Helen Grogan and Yumiko Hata (METI) at the NEA Symposium reception

Helen Grogan and Yumiko Hata (METI) at the NEA Symposium reception where attendees sampled a range of produce from the Fukushima region.

RAC was invited to make a presentation at the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) International Symposium on Decommissioning, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Food Safety: Rebuilding Post-Accident Confidence. The Symposium took place at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Headquarters in Paris, France, on Tuesday 26 March, 2019, in collaboration with co‑organizers: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan. Naohiko Yokoshima, Director of the Export Promotion Division in the Food Industry Bureau of MAFF (pictured above), was one of the sponsors of the meeting and presented at the Symposium regarding the post-accident food-safety management status and national food-safety experience.

Helen A. Grogan, Ph.D., presented “Achieving Acceptable, Sustainable Land-Use Decisions.” She drew upon two examples from RAC’s work to discuss how acceptable and sustainable protection decisions were reached in non-reactor accident situations, taking stakeholder concerns into account. One described working with stakeholders to establish soil action levels for clean up of the Rocky Flats Site near Denver, Colorado, and the other described evaluating the health risks to the public and emergency responders associated with the Cerro Grande Fire burning across contaminated lands at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Further details about the Symposium can be found at: http://www.oecd-nea.org/rp/webinars/2019/food-safety/

Emily Caffrey presents at 2019 WM Symposia

RAC team presents at 2019 WM Symposia

 

Art Rood presents at 2019 WM Symposia

Art Rood presents at 2019 WM Symposia

Art Rood, Colby Mangini, and Emily Caffrey attended the 2019 Waste Management (WM) Symposia in Phoenix, AZ from March 3-7. The WM Symposia is the world’s largest and most prestigious conference on radioactive waste management & disposal, decommissioning, packaging & transportation, facility siting, and site remediation. 2019 was its largest year to date, with about 2,300 attendees!

Emily Caffrey gave a presentation on the “Implementation of a Dose-based Compliance System for Waste Control Specialists” (click here to view presentation as pdf). Art Rood gave presentations on the “Performance Assessment for Closure of the Calcined Solids Storage Facility at the INL Site” and “Technical Basis and Implementation of Source Release Models Used for INL’s RH LLW Disposal Facility.”

Presentation of the 2019 College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards

Emily Caffrey honored at 2019 Oregon Stater Engineering Awards

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards, February 21, 2019Emily Caffrey was among the honorees at the 2019 College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards on February 21, 2019, at Oregon State University (OSU). The OSU alumni honored at this event were the Hall of Fame honoree, Robert Yüksel Yildirim, five inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and ten new members of the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Emily was recognized among the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers, reserved for Oregon Staters with fewer than 20 years of professional experience whose contributions have distinguished them as future leaders in their field or profession.

John Till, Emily Caffrey, and her husband Jarvis at the 2019 Oregon Stater Awards ceremony.

John Till, Emily Caffrey, and her husband Jarvis at the 2019 Oregon Stater Awards ceremony.

Emily earned her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 2010, her M.S. in Radiation Health Physics in 2012, and her Ph.D. in Radiation Health Physics in 2016, all from OSU. She’s been a valuable member of the RAC team since 2016. Emily currently serves as president of the Alabama chapter of the Health Physics Society and is also an adjunct professor at both OSU and the University of Alabama- Birmingham (UAB).

Read more about Emily and her professional achievements on the Oregon State University College of Engineering website

Hanford Site B Area in WWII

Tour of Hanford Site B Reactor National Historic Landmark

RAC team members Helen Grogan (shown in photo below in control room) and Mark Packard recently toured the Hanford Site B Reactor National Historic Landmark while visiting the site for a project meeting.

Hanford Site B Reactor control room

RAC team’s Helen Grogan (in photo) and Mark Packard take a break from project work with a tour of the Hanford Site, B Reactor National Historic Landmark.

As part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and in partnership with the National Park Service, the Department of Energy has offered free public tours of the B Reactor since 2009.

In the photo at top of the Hanford Site B Area from World War II, B Reactor can be seen between the water towers on the right side of the photo, along with other facilities that supported reactor operations. The B Reactor was the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor. Operations began in September 1944; the reactor was shut down from 1946-1948, and then went back into service until 1968.

Emily Caffrey selected to join HPS Public Information Committee

Emily Caffrey was selected by Health Physics Society (HPS) President Nolan Hertel to join the HPS Public Information Committee. The Public Information Committee is responsible for gathering, organizing, and presenting information within the Society’s objectives; responding to requests of the president, and others, for presentation of this information to laypersons, governmental organizations, and individuals and to other scientific and technical organizations; and facilitating dissemination of accurate and unbiased information with regard to ionizing radiation by preparing educational materials and other activities as suggested and/or approved by the Board of Directors. Emily’s primary initiative is to help develop short YouTube videos responding to the most commonly asked radiation-related questions.

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