Environmental settings for selected US Department of Energy installations - support information for the programmatic environmental impact statement and the baseline environmental management report [report]

G Holdren, C Glantz, L Berg, K Delinger, C Fosmire, S Goodwin, J Rustad, R Schalla, J Schramke
1995 unpublished
This report contains the environmental setting infonnation developed for 25 U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) installations in support of the DOE's Programmatic Environmental Impact Study (PElS) and the Baseline Environmental Management Report (BEMR). The common objective of the PElS and the BEMR is to provide the public with infonnation about the environmental contamination problems associated with major DOE facilities across the country, and to assess the relative risks that radiological and
more » ... zardous contaminants pose to the public, on site workers, and the environment. Environmental setting infonnation consists of the site-specific data required to model (using the Multimedia Environmental Pollutant Assessment System) the atmospheric, groundwater, and surface water transport of contaminants within and near the boundaries of the installations. The environmental settings data describes the climate, atmospheric dispersion, hydrogeology, and surface water characteristics of the installations. The number of discrete environmental settings established for each installation was governed by two competing requirements: 1) the risks posed by contaminants released from numerous waste sites were to be modeled as accurately as possible, and 2) the modeling required for numerous release sites and a large number of contaminants had to be completed within the limits imposed by the PElS and BEMR schedule. The fmal product is the result of attempts to balance these competing concerns in a way that minimizes the number of settings per installation in order to meet the project schedule while at the same time providing adequate, if sometimes highly simplified, representations of the different areas within an installation. Environmental settings were developed in conjunction with installation experts in the fields of meteorology, geology, hydrology, and geochemistry. When possible, local experts participated in the initial development, fme tuning, and fmal review of the PElS and BEMR environmental settings.
doi:10.2172/67732 fatcat:7m4nj4drtvd3diafzx5yzqyfym