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DOE Analytical Services Program (ASP)

Welcome to the Department of Energy's Analytical Services Program (ASP) web site.

The ASP is a corporate Departmental program, crossing all Departmental program line organizations and assuring DOE managers, workers and the public that the data results acquired from analytical environmental laboratories are valid, reliable and defensible, and that treatment and disposal of DOE low-level radioactive and mixed waste is accomplished in accordance with all applicable regulations and in a manner protective of human health and the environment.

The ASP has three component elements: (1) the Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP); (2) the Department of Energy's Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP); and, (3) the development of software toolkits to support field environmental sampling and enhance environmental decision-making, and accompanying field training of the software packages (Visual Sample Plan). The ownership of the ASP resides within the Department's Office of Health, Safety and Security, Office of Environmental Protection, Sustainability Support and Corporate Safety Analysis. This web site is designed to share information on the purpose, process, and results of the ASP. The following are links to the latest ASP Report and the next ASP Workshop.

  • Analytical Services Program Fiscal Year 2012 Report
  • 2013 Analytical Services Program Workshop, September 23-27 in Asheville, NC

Department of Energy's Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP)

Consolidated qualification audits of participating analytical laboratories and commercial waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) are conducted under the DOECAP. The DOECAP reduces Departmental risks and liabilities; thereby improving performance levels of laboratories and waste vendor facilities. The DOECAP model eliminates redundant audits of laboratories and facilities otherwise conducted by individual DOE field element sites. Benefits derived from a multi-site program supporting the DOE mission include:

  • To DOE by providing a consistent cost saving multi-site consolidated audit program which reduces Department/taxpayer costs by at least $1.3M annually.
  • To Analytical Service Organizations at the DOE field element sites by providing a pool of resources, a body of technical knowledge and the avoided need for local program functions.
  • To Waste Management Organizations at the DOE field element sites by providing a consistent and cost saving means for meeting DOE Order 435.1 audit requirements.
  • To audited facilities by avoiding lost productivity costs due to hosting multiple redundant DOE audits.

One of the major tools for sharing program information is the password protected DOECAP Electronic Data System (EDS). Access for non-DOECAP participants and audited facilities is limited to the outer portion of the EDS which contains key program correspondence and documents, contractual information, audit schedules, and program contact information. The non-password protected portion of the EDS may be accessed at https://doecap.oro.doe.gov.

For further information on DOECAP Program contact Jorge Ferrer, U.S. Department of Energy, Manager, Analytical Services Program at ferrerja@oro.doe.gov or (865) 576-6638.

Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP)

The MAPEP serves as a valuable quality assurance tool for the DOE and is currently the only DOE performance evaluation program providing quality assurance oversight for environmental analytical services across the DOE Complex. It is also the only proficiency testing program that includes radiological, stable inorganic, and organic constituents (i.e., mixed analytes) in the same single-blind sample for analytical performance evaluation. The samples use various matrices including soils, water, vegetation, and air filters. It is important to note that the MAPEP samples are not a mixed waste.

  • Over one hundred domestic analytical laboratories that directly or indirectly support the Department's mission or interests participate in the MAPEP. All matrices are distributed twice per year (i.e., January and July), with performance data available on the MAPEP web site. With the Department opening up domestic laboratory participation in the MAPEP based upon public interest to increase laboratory capabilities in case of an National emergency event, the number of laboratories involved in the MAPEP is expected to increase in the future.
  • MAPEP supports international laboratory participation. The MAPEP provides proficiency testing for the Radiation Measurements Cross Calibration Project in the Middle East. This project is facilitated by the Sandia National Laboratories in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Participants include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and others as part of establishing quality assurance and cross calibration for radiological measurements. Through Departmental agreements for nuclear nonproliferation and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the nations of Brazil, the Netherlands, Bolivia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Spain and others are involved in MAPEP proficiency testing and evaluation. Cooperative Air Monitoring is also conducted with Canada and the United Kingdom. International laboratory participation is expected to grow in the future and currently includes nearly thirty laboratories.

For further information on MAPEP, please visit http://www.inl.gov/resl/mapep/, or contact Guy Marlette U.S. Department of Energy, Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory, MAPEP Coordinator, at (208) 526-2532.

Visual Sample Plan

The Office of Environmental Protection, Sustainability Support and Corporate Safety Analysis supports the development of environmental sampling and statistical assessment toolkits to enable field sites to acquire the optimal type, quality and quantity of data necessary for confident and defensible decisions. These toolkits provide methods widely accepted by regulatory agencies for minimizing cost and sampling requirements, while maximizing information content and confidence. Training on the systematic planning process and use of the software toolkits is also provided to Departmental field sites.

  • Systematic planning and data quality assessment are key ingredients for confident decision making regarding environmental field sampling and assessment.
  • Visual Sample Plan (VSP) is a multi-agency sponsored sampling design and statistical assessment toolkit, with originating DOE sponsorship. An interactive, user-friendly, data quality objective (DQO)-based software tool, VSP is used to determine the number and location of samples to ensure confident and statistically defensible decisions, as well as perform statistical and data quality assessment in support of the decision making process. For more information on the VSP, please refer to http://dqo.pnl.gov/vsp, or contact Brent Pulsipher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, (509) 375-3989
  • Development of environmental field sampling software toolkits, and associated training for DOE Federal and contractor personnel, assists DOE field identification of the nature and extent of environmental contamination, resulting in overall cleanup cost savings. Software toolkit training further enables DOE, regulatory and contractor personnel to streamline development and regulatory acceptance of optimal, cost-effective and defensible sampling and statistical analysis approaches.

For more information about Software Development Toolkits and DOE Field Training, please refer to the Data Quality Objectives/Assessment, Managing Uncertainty and Systematic Planning for Environmental Decision Making at http://www.hanford.gov/dqo/dqa/dqahome.html, or contact Brent Pulsipher, (509) 375-3989.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Jorge A. Ferrer
U.S. Department of Energy
Oak Ridge Office
Federal Building
200 Administration Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Email: ferrerja@oro.doe.gov
(865) 576-6638

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