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relatively extensive surveillance inspection would be expected. In a facility that does
not rely on package integrity for public safety, where access to the packages is
difficult, and where inspection involves a relatively high personnel radiation dose,
the surveillance inspection would be expected to be less extensive than in the
previous example.
The surveillance program should identify sources of information/data to be used in
establishing inspection frequency, sample size and composition, etc. As information
on these packages is accumulated, it should be shared among the sites and included
in the information base. It is recommended that samples of materials typical of
those being stored be placed in a "shelf-life" program in which the condition of the
storage packages can be evaluated over long periods of time to give insight into the
behavior of the contained materials and into interactions between the materials and
the container; and that this information also be included in the surveillance
information base. Finally, it is recommended that the sites storing plutonium metals
and oxides and those preparing such materials for storage collaborate to the extent
feasible in developing their site programs, so that both consistency in approach and
flexibility in storage location can be maintained.
The surveillance program should identify possible courses of action to be taken in
the event of a an unexpected surveillance finding, and guidance on selecting the
appropriate action. This guidance should be directed toward identifying the event as
either an anomaly or a systemic issue, and toward establishing a plan for dealing
with the matter.
Certain efficiencies may be achieved if the frequency of surveillance is integrated
with the physical inventory program as prescribed in DOE 5633.3B.
3. Inspections
1) Initial Inspection. Flaws in initial packaging are expected to be detected by
inspection of every package within 30 days of packaging. Ordinarily, this
inspection would be done immediately after packaging, but 30 days delay
reasonably accommodates operational considerations. This initial inspection
should provide baseline information on the leak rate of both welded containers
(the inner container should be inspected after it is closed and before insertion
into the outer container, and the outer container inspected after it is closed),

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