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Independent Oversight Inspection, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - October 2008

October 2008

Inspection of Emergency Management at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2008. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Emergency Management Oversight.

This 2008 inspection found that ORO and UT-Battelle, together with other site contractors, have implemented a comprehensive emergency management program that broadly protects site workers and the public in the event of a significant emergency at ORNL and that, with few exceptions, meets DOE requirements and expectations.

Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of this 2008 review of the ORNL emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of ORO and UT-Battelle management of the emergency management program, and 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.