KNOLLS ATOMIC POWER LABORATORY
Operated by the General Electric Company
For the Department of Energy
The Manager, SNR -2- RHEP - 30-1685
SUBJECT: History and Radiological Status of the KAPL Peak Street Site and the KAPL Sacandaga Site
Enclosure (2) presents a brief summary description of the Sacandaga facilities and types of radiological operations conducted.
Enclosure (3) presents Section A - Summary of Radiation Standards, Controls, and Procedures at TAPL and SAPL and Section B - Radiological Status of TAPL and SAPL at Shutdown and Closeout.
Enclosure (4) presents site plot plans for SAPL an TAPL plus sketches showing the location of the Peak Street plant and areas where radiological operations were conducted.
The KAPL effort included retrieval and review of past radiological survey records, incident reports, letter books and technical notebooks of personnel who worked at the facilities, and interview of individuals who had worked at the facilities.
The records reviewed contained varying amounts of information relative to the operation and closeout of the facilities. Radiological survey data are included in various progress or status reports; however, the survey records containing raw survey data have not been located.
Based upon the findings of this review, KAPL concludes that although radioactive contamination existed at various times on-site, the Peak Street and Sacandaga facilities were operated in a radiologically safe manner and as far as can be determined from available records, the radiological conditions at the time of closeout of operations met applicable federal standards for release of the facilities for public use.
KAPL also concludes that, although there is no indication of known residual radiological problems at either the Peak Street or Sacandaga facility, the probability exists that a current-day radiological survey is likely to detect low levels of radioactive material in some localized areas. The review team considers that any residual radioactivity detected would most likely be low in level, localized and would not constitute a health or environmental hazard.
Since neither the release survey data nor a final release statement were located in the records reviewed, KAPL recommends that a detailed radiological survey of both the Peak Street and Sacandaga facilities be performed by a team established by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The KAPL effort to locate more specific documentation relative to the radiological status of the facilities at closeout will continue and any additional new or different information obtained will be provided to your office.
Very truly yours,
B. F. Knapp, Manager
RADIATION CONTROLS & HEALTH