EPA's Office of Air and Radiation’s Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) is requesting that the SAB peer review the December 2006 draft Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Assessment of Materials and Equipment Manual (MARSAME) supplement to the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Assessment Manual (MARSSIM) (EPA 402-R-970-016, Rev. 1, August 2000 and June 2001 update). The MARSSIM, reviewed by the SAB, provides detailed guidance for planning, implementing, and evaluating environmental and facility radiological surveys conducted to demonstrate compliance with a dose- or risk-based regulation.
The draft MARSAME supplement addresses materials and equipment potentially affected by radioactivity, including metals, concrete, tools, equipment, piping, conduit, furniture and dispersible bulk materials such as trash, rubble, roofing materials, and sludge. The MARSAME draft document has been developed collaboratively by four Federal agencies having authority and control over radioactive materials: the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The SAB will review the technical acceptability of the MARSAME approach for environmental radiological surveys, appropriate disposition of M&E to contain radionuclide concentrations or radioactivity above background, the technical acceptability of the statistical methodology, and the adequacy of procedures for determining measurement uncertainty, detectability, and quantifiability.