April 19th, 2011 – NRC and EPA guidance on re-entry and return conflicting

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From: Merzke, Daniel
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:05 PM
To: Virgilio, Martin; Bubar, Patrice
Cc: Cianci, Sandra; Milligan, Patricia
Subject: FW: EPA guidance on reentry and return

Marty/Patty, I just spoke with Trish, and she is scheduled to arrive at Dulles late this afternoon, early evening.

She is unavailable tomorrow morning, but could support a meeting late tomorrow afternoon. Marty, the AARM is tomorrow.

Patty, you are correct, the paper distributed today is the working group paper for the PLE discussion on longterm cleanup criteria.

The only paper NRC is working on is the re-entry criteria around Fukushima. My understanding was that EPA staff was hoping to align the two approaches to send a consistent message, which may be the impetus behind the request to compare the two documents.

After checking with the NSS, they are unaware of a Deputies meeting tomorrow; it may be a meeting for just one agency. I hope I didn’t confuse anyone.


From: Virgilio, Martin •0.z
To: Bubar, Patrice; Milligan, Patricia; Cianci, Sandra
Sent: Tue Apr 19 13:41:19 2011
Subject: RE: EPA guidance on reentry and return


Trish is out of the office but scheduled to return today or tomorrow. Let’s get together as soon as she can support a meeting.


From: Bubar, Patrice
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:26 PM
To: Virgilio, Martin; Milligan, Patricia; Cianci, Sandra
Subject: FW: EPA guidance on reentry and return
Importance: High

Marty and Trish – the message below causes a bit of confusion – at least to me.

The EPA Re-Entry Guidance mentioned below and attached – was developed after a Feb. meeting on the Principal Level Exercise.

It was developed by EPA. Not sure if NRC has officially commented.

It was for use in the US. There is also Re-Entry guidance for Fukushima that was developed by NRC for use in Japan.

One could ask why NRC was developing the re-entry guidance in the first place?

At first blush – there are major differences between the NRC developed draft and the EPA developed draft.

Of course – there is another effort ongoing – separate but somewhat related – that is the interagency review process on the EPA PAGs. Commissioner Magwood and I have been talking to senior management in DOE – to see if we could get some alignment within the federal family.would benefit from a few minutes with both of you to get a better understanding of the lay of the land here.

Marty/Sandy – could I have a few minutes today with you?

Patty Bubar
Chief of Staff
Office of Commissioner William D. Magwood
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

From: Vietti-Cook, Annette
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:34 PM
To: Batkin, Joshua; Monninger, John; Sharkey, Jeffry; Castleman, Patrick; Sosa, Belkys; Snodderly, Michael; Bubar,
Patrice; Orders, William; Nieh, Ho; Franovich, Mike
Subject: FW: EPA guidance on reentry and return
Importance: High

As a follow up to a TA request from an Ops Center Briefing a week ago Sunday for reentry and return criteria to evacuation zone, attached is more info.

From: Zimmerman, Roy
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:23 PM
To: Virgilio, Martin; Vietti-Cook, Annette; Milligan, Patricia
Cc: Hoc, PMT12
Subject: FW: EPA guidance on reentry and return
Importance: High

Oh -oh, dueling re-entry guidance we need to get sorted out quickly. Didn’t know about the white house mtg tomorrow….. apparently a deputies mtg that will talk on re-entry as one of the topics.

From: Keith, Sam (ATSDR/DTEM/ATB) [mailto:ldk4©cdc.qov]
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:05 PM
To: Hoc, PMT12; RST01 Hoc
Cc: Zimmerman, Roy; LIA08 Hoc
Subject: EPA guidance on reentry and return
Importance: High


This morning, the DHHS lead at the White House sent me the attached EPA draft guidance on population re-entry and return, along with a request to compare the EPA and NRC versions in preparation for a White House meeting tomorrow.

I checked and was given the ok to share it here at NRC. Although the NRC version is not yet releasable, perhaps it will be later today.

I would appreciate you sharing this message and attachment with Trish at the earliest. I am copying ET and LIA on this.

Sam Keith
CDC Liaison

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