M.S. Thesis Presentation by Tracy J. Kiellman
Wednesday, November 18, 1998

(Dr. Nolan Hertel, advisor)

"A Health Risk Assessment for the Decommissioning of the Georgia Insitute of Technology Research Reactor"


In July of 1997 the decision was made to decommission the Georgia Tech Research Reactor. The option was chosen to remove most of the reactor components and have the building meet the criteria for uncontrolled release. This thesis involves calculations to determine the potential impacts of this decision.

Persons potentially impacted by the reactor decommissioning activities include decommissioning workers, resident staff members, nearby residents, transportation workers, disposal facility workers, and future site residents. Potential impacts were calculated to these various receptors through the use of RESRAD, RESRAD-BUILD, CAP88 and IMPACTS-BRC computer codes. Also included were calculations to determine the impacts of leaving the outer concrete biological shield in place.