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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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