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10. Cognizant Secretarial Officer (CSO): Heads of DOE offices who have responsibility for specific facilities.
These include the Assistant Secretaries for Conservation and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Defense
Programs, Fossil Energy; and the Directors of Energy Research, Civilian Radioactive Waste Management,
New Productions Reactors, and Environmental Management.
11. Condition: Any as-found state, whether or not resulting from an event, which may have adverse safety,
health, quality assurance, security, operational, or environmental implications.
12. Consequence: The result or effect (especially projected doses or dose rates) of a release of radioactive or
hazardous materials to the environment.
13. Consequence Assessment: The evaluation and interpretation of radiological or other hazardous materials
measurements and other information to provide a basis for decision making.
14. Contractor: A non-Federal party to a DOE contract, engaging in activities or operations involving hazards
which could potentially affect the health and safety of employees or the public or the quality of the
environment.
15. Corrective Actions: Those measures taken to terminate or mitigate the consequence of an emergency at or
near the source of the emergency.
16. DOE Field Element: DOE operations offices, and where applicable, DOE area offices subordinate to an
operations office.
17. Drill: A supervised, hands-on instruction period intended to test, develop, and/or maintain a specific
emergency response capability. A drill is often a component of an exercise.
18. Emergency: An emergency is the most serious event and consists of any unwanted operational, civil,
natural-phenomenon, or security occurrence which could endanger or adversely affect people, property, or
the environment.
19. Emergency Action Level (EAL): Specific, predetermined, observable criteria used to detect, recognize, and
determine the emergency class of Operational Emergencies. An EAL can be: an instrument reading; an
equipment status indicator; a measurable parameter, onsite or offsite; a discrete, observable event; results
of analyses; or another observed phenomenon that indicates entry into a particular emergency class.
20. Emergency Class: A subset under the categories of emergency (Operational, Energy, Continuity of
Government). The class further differentiates an emergency by the degree of severity, depending on the
actual or potential consequence of the emergency situation. For the Operational and Energy Emergency
subcategories, the classes are: Alert, Site Area Emergency, and General Emergency. For the Continuity of
Government (COG) subcategory, the three classes are: Crisis Monitoring, Emergency Response, and
Recovery and Reconstitution.
21. Emergency Management: The development, coordination, and direction of planning, preparedness, and
readiness assurance activities.
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