June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Nuclear and Radiological
12.1280.1 - 12.1280.7
Site Analysis and Environmental Restoration
Tuskegee University (TU), in collaboration with University of Cincinnati (UC), has been engaged in the development of a two course sequence to educate students in environmental restoration/waste management (ER/WM). The course sequence is: 1) Introduction to Radiological Engineering and Waste Management and 2) Site Analysis and Environmental Restoration.
The content of the first course is consistent with current health physics courses with additional material on nuclear wastes. We consider the second course to be a unique course on analysis, characterization and remediation techniques of sites contaminated with radioactive material. The contents of the second course and course evaluation methods are described in this paper.
The activities associated with nuclear weapon production have generated large amounts of radioactive wastes1. There has been widespread contamination of land and water around the disposal and storage sites of these wastes. Therefore, remedial actions must be included in any waste management plan.
Environmental restoration includes evaluating the environmental damage of a site, characterizing the environmental hazards, and cleaning up the site. After the clean up process is complete, the land and water needs to be certified as environmentally clean by all appropriate federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agencies2. Hence, knowledge of current environmental laws and regulations and appropriate codes developed by DOE national laboratories and federal agencies is required.
Trained manpower with an education in science and engineering is needed to successfully tackle the technologically challenging problem of ER/WM. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of students with this background in the United States due to a declining interest among high school students, particularly African Americans, to be engaged in these disciplines.
In view of this, TU, in collaboration with UC, has developed a two course sequence and associated summer training and research programs in ER/WM to educate and train African American undergraduate students. UC’s role in these activities has been to provide technical expertise and guidance in the development of these courses and associated summer training and research programs.
Miron, A., & Rutz, E., & Ray, P. (2007, June), Site Analysis And Environmental Restoration Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/1763
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