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Technical Meeting on In-situ Methods for Characterization of Contaminated Sites
Vienna, Austria
5 to 9 July 2010 Conference ID: 38924  (G4-TM-38924)
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List of Participants
Provisional Agenda
Abstracts (ZIP)
Presentations:
 
Session 1
Opening, welcome addresses and objectives of the Meeting by Mr Guenter Mank, Section Head of the Physics Section and Mr Paul Martin, Laboratory Head of the Terrestrial Environment Laboratory                        
Introduction of the participants
Structure and method of working for the Meeting (Ms Alessia Ceccatelli, Mr Andreas-Germanos  Karydas )
Administrative arrangements for the meeting (Ms Alessia Ceccatelli, Mr Andreas-Germanos  Karydas)
Election of Chairperson of the Meeting
Appointment of Rapporteur(s)
Adoption of Agenda
Presentation of the IAEA project for site characterization
IAEA

Mr Monken Fernadez, Horst Richard S. 

The IAEA Project to Develop a Mobile Unit for Site Characterization
Session 2
Presentations (30 minutes per participant)
Albania   

Mr Civici, Nikolla

Application of a portable EDXRF spectrometer for in-situ measurements of pollutants in overbank sediments of Mati River (Northern Albania).
Argentina

Ms Castellanos Macchiorlato,  Ana María

Journey monitoring methodology for radiological measurement of large areas. Video 1 , Video 2
Australia

Ms Barnes, Emma

Consideration for an automated system to detect ‘Hot’ particles.
Brazil

Mr da Silva, Nivaldo Carlos

Use of in-situ gamma spectrometry for environmental monitoring of a formal disposal site of product from monazite chemical processing.
Brazil

Mr Ferreira Moreira, Marcos Cesar

An optimized NaI(Tl) multi-detector method for the determination of spatial contamination in urban areas.
China

Mr Ge, Liangquan 

Applications of Portable XRF or gamma spectrometry in environment and uranium investigation.
Czeck Republic

Mr Simek, Pavel

Evolution of Contamination in the Plouènice River Basin (Bohemia) due to uranium mining in the period 1992-2009.
Egypt

Ms Diab, Hanan

Occupational Exposure For Working Staff in the Egyptian Ceramics Industry.
France

Mr Dubot, Didier

In situ methods for characterization of contaminated sites
Tuesday, 6 July 2010 
Session 2 (cont.)
Presentations (30 minutes per participant)
Greece

Mr Clouvas, Alexandros

Fifteen year experience of the Nuclear Technology Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the technique of in-situ gamma spectrometry: Presentation of the major results.
Greece

Mr Tsabaris,  Christos

In-situ radionuclide quantitative characterization in aquatic ecosystems using the KATERINA detector. Video1
Hungary

Mr Bodor, Karoly Balazs

Measurements with the Mobile Laboratory of the Atomic Energy Research Institute.
Italy

Ms Manes,  Daniela

Radiological survey of the ITREC plant.
Italy

Ms Nuccetelli Cristina

Experience at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita on environmental research and monitoring with in-situ  techniques.
Jamaica

Mr Voutchkov, Mitko

Application of field portable XRF for in-situ screening of heavy metal contamination of Jamaican soils.
Lithuania

Ms Pilkyte, Laima

Experience of investigation of contaminated sites in Lithuania.
Montenegro

Mr Jovanovic, Slobodan

The effective solid angle concept and ANGLE v3.0 computer code for semiconductor detector gamma-efficiency calculations – applicability to in-situ characterization of contaminated sites.
Spain

M. Margui, Eva

Possibilities and drawbacks of portable XRF instrumentation for characterization of metal contaminated sites.
United States of America

Mr Patterson, John

Recent advances in Handheld XRF for Site Remediation.
Uruguay

Ms Odino Moure, María del Rosario 

Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Plan in Uruguay.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Session 3 (Meeting Room M4 and MOE68)
Summary of the presentations including current status, new applications, advantages/benefits, limitations, current developments, trends/needs for further work, significance with respect to IAEA.
Work in subgroups
Summary of the presentations including current status, new applications, advantages/benefits, limitations, current developments, trends/needs for further work, significance with respect to IAEA.

Work in subgroups (cont.)
Summary of the presentations including current status, new applications, advantages/benefits, limitations, current developments, trends/needs for further work, significance with respect to IAEA.

Work in subgroups (cont.)
Role of the IAEA in promotion and effective use of nuclear spectrometry and associated analytical methodologies for in-situ characterization of contaminated sites.
Work in subgroups (cont.)
Hospitality event. Dinner at the Restaurant “Zur Altekaisermuehle”
Please see the attached invitation and map.
Thursday, 8 July 2010 
Session 4 (Meeting room M4 and MOE70)
Presentation of the working groups to the plenary session and discussion
Drafting meeting report
Presentation of the working groups to the plenary session and discussion
Drafting meeting report (cont)
Session 5
Formulation and Drafting of Conclusions and Recommendations, Review of the Meeting Report
Formulation and Drafting of Conclusions and Recommendations, Review of the Meeting Report
Friday, 9 July 2010
Session 5 (cont.)
Final Discussion
Adoption of the Meeting Report
Closing of the Meeting
   
   
Announcement (PDF), (Word)
Participation Form (Form A) PDF, Word
Form for Submission of a Paper (Form B) PDF, Word
ANNOUNCEMENT

BACKGROUND

Past and current human activities such as mineral exploration and mining, the production of electrical energy, and accidental or intentional utilization of nuclear material in peaceful or military human driven activities, can result in a legacy of contaminated land or aquatic ecosystems. The legal definition of whether an eco-system is ‘contaminated’ varies from country to country, but at least such a definition relies on the estimation of the concentration of the contaminant present (being, for example, a metal, metalloid or a specific radionuclide). For a contaminated land for example, the so-called Soil Screening Values (SVs) are used as generic quality standards adopted by many countries to regulate the management of contaminated land. They are usually in the form of concentration thresholds of contaminants above which certain actions are recommended or enforced. Implications of exceeding SVs vary according to national regulatory frameworks. They range from the need for further investigations through to remedial actions or restrictions on land use.
In order to investigate, control and regulate a contaminated site, the direct in-situ characterization of contaminated sites (meaning that the analytical instrument is taken to and placed over or in contact with the sampling area) is an important alternative or complement to procedures involving the laboratory analysis of field samples. Direct in-situ characterization supports and improves the quality of the analytical data from a contaminated site. It is adopted by many national authorities as a tool in decision making policies through site-specific risk assessment. In this context, the in-situ implementation of nuclear spectrometry techniques and of other complementary methods, have reached a high level of analytical performance and offer certain advantages over other more traditional characterization procedures of a contaminated site, including:

• Rapid determination of contaminant concentrations/activities in many spots/areas across the contaminated site without time-consuming sample collection and preparation.
• Fine tuning of the contaminant spatial distribution, with immediate real time identification of areas of interest (‘hot-spot’ areas), allowing further investigation of these areas with better spatial resolution.
• Cost reduction for the investigation of all the stages of an assessment, decommissioning and remediation process.

This Technical Meeting is planned to highlight, review and discuss issues related to the current status and trends of various applications of in-situ techniques for a contaminated site. The advantages and limitations of employing the techniques in various fields of application will be assessed in order to encourage effective support of scientific and technological development.

The Technical Meeting will review the current status, developments, and trends in (i) nuclear in-situ techniques for contaminated site characterization, and (ii) both nuclear and non-nuclear in-situ techniques used at nuclear-related sites, including nuclear fuel cycle facilities. In particular, applications to be addressed in the Technical Meeting could include those used at sites contaminated due to:

• Mineral exploration and mining (e.g. uranium mining)
• Nuclear power and nuclear processing facilities
• Industrial activities that produce Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)
• Industrial activities that produce metal contaminants (i.e. lead, zinc, copper, etc.)
• Military actions involving the utilization of nuclear material
• Accidents
• Terrorism actions

The following subjects of discussion are expected to be included in the programme:

• Selected in-situ applications at different kinds of contaminated sites
• Comparison of different techniques/methodologies for the characterization of contaminated sites
• Sampling approaches (i.e. choice of number and location of measurements)
• Mapping approaches of a contaminated site
• QC/QA of the in-situ analytical technique and interpretation of the results
• State of the art of the portable instrumentation for in-situ characterization. Current trends
• The role of the IAEA in the promotion and effective use of nuclear spectrometry instrumentation and of associated analytical methodologies for in-situ applications in developing Member States.

OBJECTIVES

The Technical Meeting will review the current status, developments, and trends in (i) nuclear in-situ techniques for contaminated site characterization, and (ii) both nuclear and non-nuclear in-situ techniques used at nuclear-related sites, including nuclear fuel cycle facilities.

PARTICIPATION

A person will be eligible to participate only if nominated by the Government of an IAEA Member State (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority) or by an Organisation invited
to participate. Nomination for participation should be received by the IAEA not later than 28th February 2010. The participant should be a developer and/or user of portable instrumentation and methods for in-situ characterisation of materials. A contribution from the participant in the form of a short abstract covering his/her work relevant to the objectives of the meeting will be necessary in order to be considered for participation.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay the costs for attendance to the meeting. However, limited funds may be made available to assist the attendance of selected participants and approved in accordance with the current Agency rules and regulations. Generally, not more than one financial grant will be awarded to any one Member State. If Governments wish to apply for financial support on
behalf of their nominees, they should address specific requests to the IAEA Scientific Secretaries.

MEETING FORMAT

To facilitate proceedings, participants are invited to contribute an oral presentation on subject relevant to the scope and objectives of this meeting. Participants should submit an abstract of their proposed presentation along with their nomination. The official language of the meeting is English. No interpretation will be provided. It is expected that the meeting will start at 9:00 on Monday 5th July 2010 and conclude by 16:00 on Friday 9th July 2010.
The outputs of discussions will be recorded for possible dissemination to Member States as an IAEA technical publication. Contributors of material to be included in the Agency proceedings are required to assign all copyrights or rights to publish to the Agency. Please complete and sign the Form B and send it to the IAEA Scientific Secretary by post or email. The authors should ensure that material they make available for possible publication by the IAEA does not include copyrighted material or other impediments for reproduction.

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

It is the responsibility of all participants to make their own travel arrangements to/from Austria.
Detailed information on accommodation, local transport to/from the meeting venue, and other organisational details, will be sent to all designated participants well in advance of the meeting.

VISA

Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria well in advance of entry. An official letter of invitation will be issued to all designated participants by the IAEA Scientific Secretary.

DEADLINES

• 28 February 2010: Submittal of requests to the IAEA for participation and financial support close
• 31 March 2010: Participants informed of their acceptance of participation and request for financial support.

IAEA SCIENTIFIC SECRETARIES

Ms Alessia Ceccatelli
Chemistry Unit
IAEA Laboratories Seibersdorf
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
International Atomic Energy Agency
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O.Box 100
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +431 2600 28325
Fax: +431 2600 28222
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Andreas-Germanos Karydas
Instrumentation Unit
IAEA Laboratories Seibersdorf
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
International Atomic Energy Agency
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O.Box 100
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +431 2600 28224
Fax: +431 2600 28222
E-mail: [email protected]

 

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