Radiological release surveys are performed before and after the shipment arrives. All radiological work is performed under the control of the Radiation Safety Program, which is approved by the TCEQ. The WCS Radiation Safety Program is in place to ensure the safety of our employees, the environment and the public.
The average exposure for WCS radiological employees is less than 10% (500 mrem/year) of the NRC annual regulatory limit of 5000 mrem/year for radiological workers. That is slightly lower than the exposure from one CT Chest exam (610 mrem). WCS non-radiological employees exposure while working on the Waste Control Specialists site is less than 10 mrem/year (equal to one chest X-ray) or one-tenth of the NRC regulatory limit of 100 mrem/year. WCS maintains ALL radiation exposures to be well below the regulatory limits. Radiation exposure at the Waste Control Specialists site boundaries is well within regulations and indistinguishable from the region’s natural background radiation level.
WCS has in place a very robust environmental monitoring program. Under this program, WCS monitors: air; soil; and ambient radiation in addition to groundwater, surface water, wastewater, sediment, vegetation, and fauna. Environmental media and effluent samples are routinely collected and analyzed.
The general public dose is based on someone who spends half an hour a week at the site boundary as well as five hours per week at a location inside the WCS owner-controlled area. The sum of those doses after background correction is 3.0 mrem/yr, well below the annual regulatory limit of 25 mrem. WCS operates in such a manner that provides reasonable assurance that the annual dose to any member of the public is maintained ALARA. For additional questions please contact us at: info@WCSTexas.com