Group 2 - Environmental

A. Radionuclide Releases

Unusual Occurrence

  1. Release of a radioactive material that violates environmental requirements in Federal permits, Federal regulations, or requirements established under DOE directives.
  2. Any release that is not an Emergency as defined in DOE O 151.1 but which requires immediate reporting (less than 4 hours) to Federal regulatory authorities. Release of a radioactive material that exceeds a federally permitted release by the amount of a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act reportable quantity or, where no federally permitted release exists, the release exceeds the reportable quantity or triggers specific action levels for an outside Federal agency.

Off-Normal

  1. Any release of radioactive material to controlled or uncontrolled areas that is not part of normal monitored release and which exceeds 50% of a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act reportable quantity specified for such material per 40 CFR 302.
  2. Any controlled release of radioactive material that occurs as a monitored part of normal operations that exceeds what historical data and/or analysis show is expected as a result of normal operations.
  3. Any monitored facility or site boundary where exposure or concentration exceed what historical data and/or analysis show is expected as a result of normal operations.
  4. Any detection of a radionuclide in a sanitary or storm sewer, waste or process stream, or any holding points where such a material is not expected.
  5. Any controlled, uncontrolled, or accidental release not classified as an Unusual Occurrence but will be reported in writing to State/local agencies in a format other than routine periodic reports.

B. Release of Hazardous Substances/Regulated Pollutants/Oil

Unusual Occurrence

  1. Release of a hazardous substance or regulated pollutant that exceeds a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act reportable quantity per 40 CFR 302 and 40 CFR 355 for chemicals and extremely hazardous substances.
  2. Any release that is not an Emergency as defined by DOE O 151.1, COMPREHENSIVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM but which requires immediate (less than 4 hours) reporting to Federal regulatory agencies or triggers specification action levels for an outside Federal agency. (3) Any discharge of 100 gallons or more of oil of any kind or in any form, including, but not limited to, petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil. For operations involving oil field crude or condensate, any discharge of 100 barrels or more is reportable under this criteria.

Off-Normal

  1. Release of a hazardous substance or regulated pollutant to controlled or uncontrolled areas that is not part of a normal, monitored release and which exceeds 50% of a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act reportable quantity as specified for such material per 40 CFR 302.
  2. Any discharge of greater than 42 gallons of oil of any kind or in any form, including, but not limited to, petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil outside of a permitted containment area. For operations involving oil field crude oil or condensate, any discharge less than the Unusual Occurrence level but in excess of 10 barrels.
  3. Any detection of a toxic or hazardous substance in a sanitary or storm sewer, waste or process stream, or any holding points where such a material is not expected to be found considering the current detection method and historical detection method used.
  4. Any controlled, uncontrolled, or accidental release not classified as an Unusual Occurrence but which will be reported in writing to State/local agencies in a format other than routine periodic reports.
  5. Any controlled release of hazardous/regulated material that occurs as a monitored part of normal operation but exceeds what historical data and/or analysis shows is expected as a result of normal operations.
  6. Any general environmental monitoring where concentration increases to a level which exceeds what historical data and/or analysis shows is expected as a result of normal operations.

C. Hazardous Material Contamination

Unusual Occurrence

  1. Discovery of onsite or offsite contamination due to DOE operations that does not represent an immediate threat to the public but exceeds a reportable quantity for such material per 40 CFR 302.
  2. Any discovery of groundwater contamination due to DOE operations that is not part of an existing plume previously identified in either an annual report or in any Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act activity or report.

Off-Normal

Discovery of onsite contamination due to DOE operations that exceeds 50% of a reportable quantity for such material per 40 CFR 302.

D. Ecological Resources

Unusual Occurrence

Any occurrence causing significant impact to any ecological resource for which the DOE is a trustee (i.e., destruction of a critical habitat, damage to a historic/archeological site, damage to wetlands, etc.).

E. Environmental Agreement/Compliance Activities

Unusual Occurrence

Any occurrence under any agreement or compliance area that requires notification of an outside regulatory agency within 4 hours or less, or triggers any outside regulatory agency action level.

Off-Normal

  1. Any agreement, compliance, remediation or permit-mandated activity for which formal notification of enforcement has been received from the relevant outside regulatory agency that a site/facility is considered to be in noncompliance with a schedule or requirement (e.g., Notice of Violation, Notice of Deficiency, Notice of Intent to Sue, Notice of Noncompliance, Warning Letter, Finding of Violation, Finding of Alleged Violation, or a similar type enforcement action).
  2. Any occurrence under any agreement or compliance area that will be reported to outside agencies in a format other than routine periodic reports.

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