MARSSIM WORKGROUP CHARTER
This charter provides for the continuance of the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey
and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) Workgroup and describes the mission,
scope, vision, values, and processes far the Workgroup's activities and
The mission of the Workgroup is to provide technical processes and
methods, which are accepted and endorsed across the Federal government and State
governments, that regulators and users of radioactivity can use to measure
radioactivity to demonstrate compliance with regulatory criteria.
The scope of the Workgroup's work is focused on compliance for
clean-up, clearance, and site closure.
The Workgroup places high value on the following attributes of its
activities and products: Technical defensibility and robustness Clarity by the
use of simple language and straightforward logic - Providing and promoting
consistency and compliance with regulatory criteria across the Federal
government and State governments Minimization of the duplication of effort by
regulators and users Minimization of costs in keeping with the desired quality
of the results Wide-spread and consistent dissemination of and training on the
Feed-back from the implementers of the Workgroup's
products The Workgroup's vision is to build on its successes as an interagency
platform to find common resolutions to technical problems and technical issues
on the measurement of radioactivity associated with compliance criteria for
clean-up, clearance, and site closures.
The metrics for success of the Workgroup's products are the extent they
are used and the degree to which the values above are met.
The structure of the Workgroup is as follows:
- The Workgroup
members are direct employees of Federal Agencies and may include State
co-regulators, who are actively engaged in resolving common technical
measurement problems and measurement related issues for demonstrating compliance
with regulatory criteria on radioactivity. For example, the Workgroup that
developed and published the MARSSIM (December 1997) represented the Department
of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the State of Florida. In October 2003, the
Department of Homeland Security joined the Workgroup.
- Each Federal agency has a
point of contact as a regular attendee who presides for his agency. Other agency
staffs are encouraged to participate as the technical issues or agency interests
- The Workgroup selects, by consensus, a Chairperson who is a direct
employee of a Federal agency and who is not a point of contact.
The systematic planning process is used as the approach to
participation and problem solving, and is described in Guidance for the Data
Quality Objectives Process (EPA 230-R-361055, EPA QA/G4, 1994) its revisions or
its equivalent, [e.g., Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for
Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs, (American
Society for Quality Control, ANSI/ASQC E4-1994, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1995)]
- Workgroup meeting agendas, the way the meetings are conducted, and
technical decisions for the Workgroup's products are made by consensus:
unanimous agreement that the agenda, meeting conduct. - or technical
decision would be supported and defended by agency representatives in a
- The Chairperson schedules, conducts, and summarizes Workgroup meetings,
and helps keep the Workgroup focused on the task by promoting scheduled
- For single meetings, the Workgroup chair and the point of contact functions
may be delegated by the regular chair or the regular point of contact,
- Meetings are announced and generally open to the public. The public has an
opportunity to provide information, without expectation of - feedback or
dialogue, to the Workgroup at least once during a meeting.
- The Workgroup may
invite their respective contractors to participate in meetings and provide
information as requested by the Workgroup.
- Meetings are facilitated; the
facilitator, usually a Workgroup member. is selected by consensus.
products that normally require only workgroup consensus for approval include
errata, minor addenda, frequently asked questions, reference citations and
website updates. These documents will be made available to MARSSIM users as
electronic files and via MARSSIM website postings.
- Workgroup products such as
major addenda, supplements, revisions and manual re-writes normally require
agency review and approval prior to final publication. These documents will be
made available to MARSSIM users as hard-copy publications in addition to
electronic files and via MARSSIM website postings.
- Federal agency acceptance and
endorsement of the Workgroup's products, as appropriate, is by signature of a
manager with authority to represent the respective agency for these purposes.
- The Workgroup Chairperson or designee will provide progress and action plans
reports to the Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards (ISCORS) as
requested by the Chair of ISCORS.
MARSSlM WORKGROUP CHARTER APPROVAL
- Ramachandra K. Bhat, U.S. Air Force
- Steven W. Doremus, Navy
- Carl V. Gogolak, Department of Homeland
- Alexander Williams, Energy
- Kathryn Snead, Environmental Protection
- Robert A. Meck, Nuclear regulatory Commission
- Captain Colleen F. Petullo, USPHS, Detailed to USEPA, Workgroup Chairperson