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DMCC Meteorological Monitoring Program
Self-Assessment Tool

The DOE Meteorological Coordinating Council (DMCC) Meteorological Monitoring Program Self-Assessment Tool (pdf) was developed to allow DOE/NNSA sites to perform their own self-assessments of the portions of their meteorological programs that support consequence assessment.   This Self-Assessment Tool contains nine separate lines of inquiry and is consistent with the requirements of DOE O 151.1C and DOE G 151.1-series guidance.

The Self-Assessment Tool is designed to provide an effective and accurate assessment of the meteorological aspects of consequence assessment in a site’s emergency response program.

The Tool assesses the following five attributes of the meteorological portion of a site’s consequence assessment system:

  1. Design of meteorological monitoring capabilities to fully address applicable mission requirements and appropriately address  the activities, hazards, and topographical characteristics of the site.
  2. Management of program elements that reflect sound practices and scientific principles that meet the numerous regulatory requirements associated with measuring atmospheric processes.
  3. Staffing comprised of dedicated, experienced, and fully qualified professionals who perform duties related to protecting personnel, facilities, and equipment from severe or extreme meteorological conditions; respond to onsite accidents involving hazardous materials; and prepare environmental, safety, health, and/or consequence assessments.
  4. Facilities and Infrastructure are sufficient that include office, workshop, and equipment space, communications systems and computer systems that maximize output and effectiveness.
  5. Instrumentation and Equipment are appropriate and dedicated to sufficiently resolve the necessary meteorological parameters defining atmospheric transport and diffusion processes and identifying meteorological conditions that could produce a threat or challenge to the safety or health of personnel, damage or destroy property or equipment, or lead to accidents resulting in injury or loss of life.

Any questions on its use and applicability to DOE/NNSA site programs should be directed to the DMCC Chairman, Mr. Walter Schalk, ARL/SORD, schalk@nv.doe.gov, 702-295-1231, or Carl Mazzola, Shaw Environmental, carl.mazzola@shawgrp.com, 865-548-2354.