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2020 Environmental Radiation Safety
Mission Statement IEMA's Bureau of Environmental Safety (BES) provides for the safety of the citizens of Illinois by protecting them from unnecessary exposure to naturally occurring and man-made sources of ionizing radiation in the environment. BES monitors environmental radiation levels at nuclear power stations, low-level waste disposal sites, and other major nuclear facilities in the state; coordinates cleanup activities; and tracks low-level radioactive waste produced in Illinois. BES also provides safety inspections and security escorts for spent nuclear fuel and other high-profile nuclear shipments and coordinates statewide preventive detection programs for identification of uncontrolled nuclear materials in commerce. BES maintains a well-trained radiological response staff and well- equipped radio-chemistry and nuclear calibration laboratories for the support of agency programs related to effluent monitoring, response to radiological incidents or accidents, and homeland security functions related to nuclear threats.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Environmental Monitoring - Collects environmental samples from various media from the areas surrounding nuclear power plants, radioactive waste sites, and other facilities in Illinois. The laboratories analyze ground and surface water samples from radioactive waste sites and water, milk, and vegetation samples from the environs of nuclear power stations and major nuclear facilities.
    1. Collect samples (water, sediment, fish, vegetation, soil). Analyze samples and conduct dissimmetry monitoring and analysis. Analyze ground and surface water samples from radioactive waste sites. Make protective recommendations to the public. Protect citizens from unnecessary exposure to naturally occurring and manmade sources of ionizing radiation.
  2. Escort, Incident Response, and Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection - Provide safety inspections and security escorts for spent nuclear fuel and other high-profile nuclear shipments. Coordinate activities with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Transportation, Illinois Commerce Commission, and Illinois State Police. Provide response capabilities for response to incidents or accidents involving radioactive materials in transit. Conduct radiological surveys of shipments and train and equip first responders. Ensure proper cleanup of contaminate sites and ensure safe decommissioning and removal of radioactive materials.
    1. Inspect shipments of high level waste (HLW), transuranic waste (TRU), and spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Train first responders, equip first responders, and respond to alarms. Enhance safety of spent nuclear fuel shipments. Protect citizens from the potential of radiation-related transportation incidents. Ensure proper cleanup of contaminated sites and safe decommission and removal of radioactive materials.
  3. Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW), Decommissioning, and Site Cleanup - Track and survey LLRW generators within the Central Midwest Compact. Review and approve decommissioning plans for licensees seeking termination. Monitor progress of decommissioning, including conducting post-remedial surveys, sampling, and monitoring. Contaminated site remediation, sampling, and analysis.
    1. Survey LLRW generators. Track LLRW in Central Midwest Compact contaminated site remediation, sampling, and analysis. Create a safe environment for citizens.
Source of Funds General Revenue Fund, Nuclear Safety Emergency Preparedness Fund, Sheffield February 1982 Agreed Order Fund, Low Level Radioactive Waste Facility Development and Operation Fund Statutory Authority 20 ILCS 3310/5
Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2018 Actual
Input Indicators
Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 15,756.2 $ 12,328.2 $ 12,635.0 $ 11,362.7 $ 10,345.9
Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 15,756.2 $ 12,328.2 $ 12,635.0 $ 11,362.7 $ 10,345.9
Average monthly full-time equivalents 55 44 47 41 39
Output Indicators
Percentage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF), transuranic (TRU), and highway route controlled quantity (HRCQ) shipments escorted and inspected 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Percentage of LLRW generators in compliance 100 % 98.8 % N/A 100 % 100 %
Outcome Indicators
Percentage of samples collected at established facilities and sites monitored and data analyzed 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Percentage of reported facility monitor alarms, allegations, and incidents responded to 100 % 100 % N/A 100 % 100 %

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