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Development of Policy & Methodology

Development of Policy & Methodology

Development of Policy & Methodology

SC&A helps federal, state, and local governments develop policies and methods for responding to emergencies. This includes:

  • Gathering data to inform decisionmaking
  • Modeling potential exposures to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contaminants to support the selection of protective actions
  • Facilitating or participating in groups exploring response-related issues
  • Drafting and revising policy statements, protocols, methodologies, and guidance documents

Sample Projects

  • For CDC, SC&A conducted a literature search to determine the potential for using activated charcoal to treat acute internal exposure to radionuclides.
  • For CDC, SC&A developed soil-to-plant transfer factors to help policymakers decide when to allow non-food agricultural products to be sold after a radiological incident.
  • For a private client, SC&A evaluated the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room after a chemical accident at a nearby facility.
  • For EPA, SC&A conducted a literature search and analysis to estimate waste volumes and characteristics from the detonation of radiological dispersal devices (“dirty bombs”).
  • For EPA, SC&A wrote a white paper describing alternative recovery strategies after a nuclear or radiological incident, determining the appropriate time to return to evacuated areas and the safety of eating and drinking water that was previously interdicted as a result of a nuclear incident.
  • For CDC, SC&A is studying the use of various common instruments in identifying internal radiation exposure in members of the public after a radiological event.
  • For CDC, SC&A helped the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Urban Remediation Working Group to improve the prediction of radiation dose to humans for urban areas contaminated after detonation of a radiological dispersal device.
  • For EPA, SC&A revised the Protective Action Guidelines for nuclear incidents to address contaminated water, use of potassium iodide as a thyroid-blocking agent, and re-entry and recovery of areas following a nuclear emergency.
  • For NRC, SC&A performed a comprehensive value-impact analysis on the use of potassium iodide to protect the general public in case of a radiological release.
  • For OSHA, SC&A developed draft guidelines for OSHA personnel and first responders to use during the early phases of a radiological/nuclear incident, before the arrival of radiation protection experts.

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