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Independent Oversight Inspection, Brookhaven National Laboratory - September 2008

September 2008

Inspection of Emergency Management at the Brookhaven Site Office and Brookhaven National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in June/July 2008. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Emergency Management Oversight (HS-63).

This 2008 inspection found that hazardous material inventories remain low, and the program has been significantly improved by the issuance of a hazards survey, EPHAs, and revised emergency plan, as well as other upgraded program plans and procedures. Additionally, the EOC is better located and equipped, and an agreement for locating a joint information center offsite has been finalized.

Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the BNL emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of BHSO and BSA management of the emergency management program. Section 4 presents the ratings assigned as a result of this inspection. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies the findings that require corrective action and follow-up. Appendices C through F detail the results of the reviews of individual emergency management program elements.