Environmental Pathway Modeling

What is the Environmental Pathway Modeling Working Group?

The Health Physics Society Standards Committee has recently established a working group for Environmental Pathway Modeling. The purpose of the group is to prepare a guidance document on the selection, testing, documentation and use of computer software models for calculating dose and risk from radionuclides released to the environment. This document will apply to computer software used for determining effective dose equivalents and lifetime risks to nearby individuals and collective populations resulting from release of radionuclides to the environment.

This document is intended to satisfy an immediate need for guidance on the use of computer models for environmental pathways, used at National Laboratories and NRC licensees (possibly on a daily basis) which must use such computer models to demonstrate compliance with applicable standards for dose and risk to members of the public from off-site releases of radionuclides.

Likely users for this document include NRC licensees and DOE facilities which must use computer models to demonstrate compliance with standards such as 40 CFR 61.

Feedback Wanted!

The Environmental Pathway Modeling Working Group is soliciting comments on what topics and issues the guidance should address. If you would like to make a comment or suggestion, please contact Barry Parks.

The chairman of the working group is:

Barry Parks U.S. Department of Energy ; 19901 Germantown Road Germantown, MD 20874-1290 (301) 903-9649 Phone (301) 903-7047 Fax Internet: Barry.Parks@science.doe.gov