Our primary focus involves human performance enhancements in the areas of operations, safety management, and regulatory compliance, primarily at facilities involving nuclear and other hazardous operations.
Edgewater has demonstrated our expertise in various capacities at the following sites:
- American Centrifuge Operating, LLC, Oak Ridge, TN
- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories: Chalk River Laboratories, Ontario Canada
- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories: Whiteshell Laboratories, Manitoba Canada
- Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility (DuF6), Portsmouth OH
- DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (DOE-IN), [via LANL]: Los Alamos NM
- Dounreay Nuclear Site, Dounreay Scotland, UK
- Duncan Recycling and Refining Company (DR2): Duncan OK
- East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP): Oak Ridge TN
- Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization (Vitrification) Plant (WTP): Hanford WA
- Hanford Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS): Hanford WA
- International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) [via LANL]: Los Alamos NM
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL): Livermore CA
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL): Los Alamos NM
- Mission Support Alliance (MSA): Hanford WA
- Nevada National Security Site (NNSS): Las Vegas, NV
- NNSA Livermore Site Office (LSO) Livermore CA
- NNSA Los Alamos Site Office (LASO): Los Alamos NM
- Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. (NFS): Erwin Nuclear Fuel Plant (NRC): Erwin TN
- NuScale Power Inc.: Corvallis OR
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL): Oak Ridge TN
- Sandia National Laboratories (SNL): Albuquerque NM
- Savannah River Site (SRS): Aiken SC
- Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project (DP): Niskayuna NY
- The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) [via LANL]: Washington DC
- TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC): Oak Ridge TN
- US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP): Carlsbad NM
- Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC: Hematite Decommissioning Project (NRC): Festus MO
Edgewater is proud of the variety and scope of the projects we’ve helped our customers with. Although too many to list in detail, we’ve highlighted some accomplishments from our larger and more recent customers in the links below.
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Major areas of support have included:
- Edgewater has provided operations support to LANL nuclear and high-hazard activities including Category-2 nuclear facilities, accelerator, explosive, biological, gas plant, solid and liquid waste, and radiological/hazardous material shipping facilities.
- Our support has encompassed project planning, waste generation, handling, segregation, characterization, certification, packaging, and shipping operations, as well as integrated areas of day-to-day operations, emergency preparedness, safety basis and environmental regulatory compliance, training, procedures, and formality of operations.
- We have provided facility managers, project superintendents, shift managers, senior supervisory watch, technical advisors, conduct of operation mentors, and full readiness preparation teams to multiple nuclear and high-hazard facilities across LANL.
- We have provided senior technical support for corrective action plan development and implementation in response to audit and DNFSB findings, facility audits, and supported facility startup/restart activities.
- We have handled and ensured the proper disposal of materials ranging from Transuranic, Low Level Waste (LLW), Mixed LLW, RCRA and TSCA Hazardous wastes, radioactive liquid waste, and environmental remediation sites (CERCLA), and supported the D&D of radiological and CERCLA/RCRA structures.
- Edgewater’s senior staff of operations experts has supported facility readiness preparation for numerous Implementation Validation Reviews (IVRs), Operational Readiness Reviews (ORRs), and Contractor Readiness Assessments (CRAs).
- Our personnel regularly monitor activities and operations, support services, and the execution of roles and responsibilities to assure operationally compliant readiness and full implementation of all safety management programs and processes required to support safe and compliant operations.
- Rather than only assessing compliance, Edgewater personnel have provided “Find it and Fix it” teams, to identify and then correct problem areas in a range of functional areas which typically include:
Conduct of Operations
Safeguards and Security
Training and Qualification
Industrial Health and Safety
- Edgewater has been providing major support for the LANL Environmental Protection and Compliance Division (EPC), Associate Directorate for Environment, Safety and Health (ADESH) since 2010; with regulatory environmental research, permitting and permit modifications, compliance assessment, strategic planning, and stakeholder interface.
- Provided subject matter expertise on issues ranging from characterization programs to RCRA, CERCLA, New Mexico Order on Consent (Consent Order), storm water, New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act, Natural Resource Damage (NRD), National Pollution Discharge Elimination and Groundwater Discharge permitting, Air Quality Act, Air Quality Control Regulations, the New Mexico Solid Waste Act, and the WIPP Nitrate Salts Event.
- Provided major support for the Nitrate Salts issue, authoring, coauthoring, and supporting dozens of regulatory and legal analysis for LANL Legal Counsel and DOE, and review/commenting on key causal analyses and investigations by outside organizations.
- Supported numerous environmental sites including the Radioactive Liquid Waste Facility (RLW), the Waste Characterization, Repackaging, and Reduction Facility (WCRRF), the Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing (RANT) Facility, TA-54, TA-21, MDAs (Material Disposal Areas)-B, C, G/L, and S Site.
- Developed or supported numerous regulatory analyses and assessments of LANL compliance with its legacy mixed waste Site Treatment Plan, including shipment letters to NMED, resolution of complex waste problems, and support to annual reporting to NMED.
- Supported LLW and TRU waste disposition decision-making, including numerous regulatory analyses.
- Developed LANL responses to the 2012 and 2013 NMED RCRA compliance inspections. Developed draft letters, completed internal reviews with Legal, and supported classification reviews.
- Assisted with preparations for 2014 NMED inspections, including initial development of a Root Cause Analysis addressing compliance problems in order to identify mechanisms to prevent recurrence. (Received a LANL Excellence Award for this effort.)
- An Edgewater senior staff member formerly served as the LANL environmental programs’ official liaison to the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) on behalf of LANL’s waste management and environmental restoration organizations, and served as the LANL environmental programs’ official liaison to tribes and stakeholders.
- Edgewater provides senior work planning and scheduling resources to Operations, Maintenance, and Construction activities and have been instrumental in the successful execution of tens of thousands of work planning jobs, ranging from preventive maintenance tasks to nuclear and non-nuclear facility modifications, construction, and D&D projects.
- Our planners have led senior work review groups, interfaced with management and procurement, performed planning, scheduling, cost estimating, job hazard analysis, field walkdowns, and pre-job briefs.
- Edgewater personnel were instrumental in the design, testing, installation, training, and implementation of LANL’s first use of an electronic work planning software system named Mobile Work Package.
- Edgewater also developed and delivered Person in Charge (PIC) training and qualification program for LANL work package supervisors.
- Edgewater has provided a wide range of 10CFR830 and DOE-STD-3009 or DOE-STD-3011 Safety Basis and Authorization Basis support including the analysis, development, and implementation of DSAs, TSDs, BIOs, TSRs and HASPs.
- We have performed hazard analysis, accident analysis, Design Feature and SSC selection, and Control Set selection and development (TSRs).
- We have performed multiple compliance assessments of overall safety basis implementation, as well as TSR compliance, Specific Administrative Control selection process, and USQ implementation.
- We have provided USQ developers and developed and implemented USQ training and qualification.
- In concert with LANL, NNSA, EFCOG, and the University of California Berkley, Edgewater managed and performed the design and development of a DOE/NNSA complex-wide Safety Basis Academy (SBA) to establish a comprehensive, integrated training program to train and qualify Safety Analysts in nuclear, accelerator, explosives, and chemical Safety Basis design and development.
- Edgewater has developed, managed, and implemented complete training and qualification programs for a wide variety of high-hazard programs including nuclear facility operations personnel, nuclear safety analyst and USQ preparers, waste facility operations personnel, waste packaging and transportation personnel, systems engineers, radiological engineers, procurement personnel, and fire departments responsible for nuclear facility emergency response.
- An Edgewater team developed the Institutional Training Corrective Action Plan (ICAP) which addressed 635 training-related findings. The findings, from NNSA LASO assessments and six other internal and external auditors, were categorized into ten institutional areas and corrective actions were developed for each area.
- Developed a 30-volume Institutional Training Program Manual (ITPM)
- Have proved DOE O 426.2 support to every nuclear facility at LANL.
- Supported the development and implementation of a new Site-wide Worker Qualification and Authorization System (WQAS) application.
- Designed and developed the DOE/NNSA complex-wide Safety Basis Academy (SBA).
- Ideally, training and procedures programs are integrated to achieve efficiency and maximize human performance. Procedures should contain appropriate detail based on the importance and complexity of each task, while recognizing the training, qualification, and skill of personnel performing the activity.
- We are expert in the application of DOE and industry standards for technical writing, and understand the logistical and managerial requirements associated with supporting procedures organizations in an integrated approach with training and qualification programs. This integration produces user-friendly, well-written procedures and work instructions that become key components of human reliability, required for complex, hazardous, or highly regulated environments.
- Edgewater has developed and implemented integrated procedures programs for virtually every facility at LANL, ranging from upgrades to support new safety basis requirements at waste handling facilities, to Catagory-2 Nuclear facilities, to gas plant, packaging, and transportation facilities.
- Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) and Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs)
- Specific administrative control (SAC) development
- Hazard analysis and accident analysis
- USQ support
- Instrumentation uncertainty evaluations and setpoint calculations
- Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA)
- Engineering analyses and process chemistry support
- Training program development and implementation
- Procedure writing
- Safety basis support and specific administrative control (SAC) development
- Operations mentoring for TSR implementation
- Safety basis implementation and verification
- Linking Document Database development
- Senior supervisory watch support
- Safety basis mentoring of operations personnel
- Conduct of Operations mentoring
- DSA and TSR development
- Hazard analysis
- Conduct of Operations assessments and mentoring
- ORNL: Safety Basis documentation, hazard analysis, and USQ support
- ORNL: Development and implementation of facility criticality safety program
- ETTP: Operational Readiness Reviews (ORRs) at the K-25 and K-27 facilities
- DOE established the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC) as a regional center for the management, treatment, packaging and shipment of DOE TRU waste legacy inventory.
- TWPC is also responsible for managing and treating Low Level and Mixed Low Level Waste generated at ORNL.
Major areas of support have included:
- Edgewater is providing multidiscipline engineers including electrical, mechanical, and I&C, to support a major facility infrastructure upgrade project.
- Edgewater is providing program managers, project managers, and cost/scheduling coordination for the infrastructure upgrade projects.
- Edgewater is supporting the NFS’s site waste identification, characterization, certification, packaging, and shipping efforts.
- Providing disposal site selection, transportation, scheduling, and logistical support based on waste profiles/characterization.
- Providing environmental senior consulting and strategic planning for D&D, waste segregation, soil management, and related engineering projects.
- Edgewater is providing nuclear safety, criticality, and licensing support for ongoing NFS operations.
- Edgewater provides the Safety Management Program (SMP) Lead and support personnel for the SPRU project in Niskayuna, NY. Edgewater is responsible for managing and implementing project personnel training, site nuclear safety program, emergency planning, and fire protection personnel.
- Edgewater provided the Waste Project Lead and staff personnel to identify, characterize, and certify waste, as well as waste handlers, packers, and shippers. Also responsible for waste disposal site selection, based on waste characterization, and transportation logistics and scheduling.
- Responsible for the development of a Management Transition Plan in accordance with DOE O 430.1A, Life Cycle Asset Management, to support Operational Readiness Review and subsequent turnover and acceptance of SPRU nuclear facilities from KAPL to Washington Group International, Inc. (WGI).
- Responsible for development of a Surveillance and Maintenance (S&M) compliance plan to establish surveillance, inspection, and maintenance requirements for the facility life cycle phases of deactivation, demolition, and removal of the SPRU DP nuclear facilities; cleanup and environmental restoration of the underlying and surrounding contaminated soil; in accordance with DOE Order 430.1A, Life Cycle Asset Management and DOE G 430.1-2, Implementation Guide for Surveillance and Maintenance During Facility Transition and Disposition.
- Providing Cost Account Manager (CAM), responsible for managing an $8M account under the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) cost accounting process.
- Providing Project Controls personnel in the attainment of EVMS Certification.
- Supporting procurement for developing statement of work and awarding subcontracts necessary to support all project activities.
- Providing planners and schedulers to support demolition and decommissioning of SPRU DP Facilities.
- Conducting Job Hazard Analysis, developing work packages for facility characterization, demolition, and decommissioning, and leading Senior Work Review Groups.
Edgewater began supporting the WIPP Facility in 2014 following facility shutdown for two operational incidents. We were an integral participant in the WIPP recovery efforts that reestablished readiness to resume operations in late 2016. We continue to support the facility to this day.
Major areas of support include:
- Edgewater has been providing senior engineers to assist in the development and implementation of the Cognizant System Engineer (CSE) program. CSEs were tasked to train, mentor, and coach facility CSEs through the resumption of operations, while establishing and implementing a permanent, robust DOE Order 420.1c-compliant CSE Program.
- Edgewater supported a wide range of functional areas and specialty disciplines including Mechanical and Electrical System Engineers, Startup & Test Engineers, and Nuclear Safety Basis SMEs.
- Edgewater CSEs performed engineering evaluations and material condition assessments to determine operability and document ability to perform design and safety functions.
- Edgewater CSEs developed technical positions for engineering, safety basis, and risk management, and monitored and assisted during critical evolutions.
- Edgewater personnel were effective in leading a major overhaul to the WIPP Training and Procedure Programs helping prepare for a successful Federal ORR and restart.
- Edgewater provided an Operational Readiness Program Lead to support management assessments, coordinate corrective actions, and develop and track the implementation of a Training and Procedures CA requirements matrix. This individual also served as “chief of Staff” for training and procedures management to direct and track restructuring of the training and procedures organizations to be compliant with DOE requirements.
- Edgewater provided a Training Program Lead and training support staff to establish DOE 426.2-compliant training and qualification programs for all site positions over all operating organizations. This included establishment of drill programs and continuing training programs. We also provided Radiological Training and Computer-Based Training Leads to ensure a 10CFR835-compliant radiological control technician training and qualification program and to convert some existing paper-based training courses to more efficient computer-based online training modules and establish a learning management system utilizing VISION software to develop and document training and qualification requirements.
- Edgewater provided a Procedures Program Manager and procedures support staff to establish a DOE order 422.1-compliant procedures and document program, including establishment of a training determination process, verification and validation, review/maintenance processes. We also managed document control personnel to operate and maintain the site document management system.
- Edgewater provides all Site “Staff Augmentation” support through a Service Contract Act-compliant Master Services Agreement.
- Edgewater recruits and maintains a wide range of support personnel in all areas of the site ranging from clerical and administrative, to technicians and professionals, to senior SMEs in project management, engineering, and specialty disciplines.
- Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in its role as scientific advisor to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is responsible for evaluating the long-term performance of the WIPP repository. This risk-based Performance Assessment (PA) is accomplished with numerous scientific models and codes. The PA forms the technical basis of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) periodic Recertification of WIPP operations.
1. Code qualification, sponsorship, and testing, as well as geomechanical and hydrological testing, analysis, and review (Geomechanical Engineer);
2. Geochemical modeling and analysis (Geochemist/Chemist); and,
3. Quality Assurance program development, coaching, and surveillance (Quality Assurance Specialist and Quality Assurance Team Lead).
Additionally, Edgewater personnel support SNL technical staff in representation of Sandia to the EPA for documentation, explanation, and defense of work completed for EPA-mandated compliance recertification applications (CRAs).
- Developed and implemented Specific Administrative Control (SAC) training courses for SNL to satisfy DNFSB Recommendation 2002-3, Requirements for Design, Implementation, and Maintenance of Administrative Controls. Unique courses were developed for; (1) nuclear safety analysts, (2) nuclear facility managers, (3) supervisors, and (4) technical staff.
- Developed and implemented a Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) training course for DOE Headquarters to satisfy NNSA Nuclear Safety Specialist qualification standards. The course provided a working level knowledge of the function and contents of a TSR document, developed in accordance with:
1. DOE Guide 423.1-1, Implementation Guide For Use In Developing Technical Safety Requirements; and,
2. DOE-STD-1186-2004, Specific Administrative Controls,
and of the proper methods for application of Controls as required by 10 CFR 830, Subpart B, Safety Basis Requirements.
The course was vetted and approved by DOE EH-53.
- The Hematite facility, located in eastern Missouri, is a former nuclear fuel facility that operated from 1956 to 2001. It is now being decommissioned.
- Edgewater fully supported this “green technology” during the construction, assembly, and commissioning of the facility.
- Edgewater currently supports staff augmentation, providing Shift Managers and Supervisors, Control Room Operators, Smelter and Auxiliary Operators, Analytical Laboratory Technicians, Maintenance Personnel, and Environmental Safety and Health Professionals.
Edgewater supports CNL at their White Shell Laboratories near Manitoba, and their Chalk River Laboratories near Ontario Canada. Edgewater has provided the following expertise to CNL:
Chalk River Laboratories:
- Providing Senior Advisor to CNL’s Vice President of Environment and Waste Management (EWM) Division to drive process improvement and problem solving to the EWM Division at Chalk River Laboratories.
- Supported and drove the implementation of the Radiological Protection Improvement Plan (RPIP). This plan raised the Radiological Protection program to industry standards and included programmatic improvements to aspects such as radiological work permits, training and qualification of personnel, contamination control practices, radiological monitoring and instrumentation, and overall program efficiencies.
- Provided Senior Advisor support to review and implement upgrades to CRL’s Conduct of Operations program. This included programmatic and procedural upgrades as well as real-time mentoring of hand-on operations.
- Established ES&H subcommittee to implement best practices in environmental, safety, and health policies for CNL nuclear facilities.
- Provided Subject Matter Expertise to design and implement a new Integrated Work Control Program, based upon best practices from U.S. Department of Energy Sites
White Shell Laboratories: