Presentation on theme: "Canadian Perspectives on Nuclear Forensics Radiation Protection Bureau"— Presentation transcript:
1 Canadian Perspectives on Nuclear Forensics Radiation Protection Bureau Sonia JohnsonRadiation Protection BureauHealth CanadaFebruary 8, 2010
2 Outline Overview of Canadian Departments involved in NF Overview of Funding Body for NF projectsPast projects in NFCurrent projects in NFFuture plans/outlookDepending on Bliss’ presentation, may delete this slide
3 Canadian Departments involved in NF There is no one Canadian Federal Department with a mandate for Nuclear Forensics research or analysisA number of federal scientists have participated in externally- funded projects in Nuclear Forensics:Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)Health Canada (HC)Royal Military College (RMC)Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)UniversitiesDepending on Bliss’ presentation, may delete this slide
4 Centre for Security Science (CSS) CSS is one of nine centres of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)One of CSS's programs is the CBRNE Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI)Established in 2002 to strengthen Canada's prevention, preparedness and response to CBRNE terrorist attack through science and technologyMention the new type of measurement to be performed on U in air filters
5 Radiological/Nuclear Cluster Explosives Cluster Forensics Cluster 6 CRTI ClustersChemistry ClusterBiology ClusterRadiological/Nuclear ClusterLead: Dr. Cornett, Director of Radiation Protection BureauExplosives ClusterForensics ClusterLead: Denis Nelson, Royal Canadian Mounted PolicePsychosocial Cluster
6 Past Projects in NF 1) International Technical Working Group – 2004 9 Canadian labs/organizations participated in the analysis of HEUCanadian results were good; first involvement in such an exerciseParticipate annually at ITWG meetings (C.Larsson from DRDC)
7 Past Projects in NF 2) Development and Delivery of Training Exercises Partners: CNSC, DRDC, RCMPTargeted to forensic investigators responsible for the collection of Nuclear Forensics evidenceCombination of classroom-based and practical exercisesIncluded procedures for packaging and transport of RN materials to the labs.
8 Current NF Projects/Initiatives Radiochronometer Reference MaterialsCanadian Partners: HC, RMC, NRC, ULaval, RCMPUS Partners: NBL, ANL, FBIDevelopment of Co/Ni radiochronometer and a Sr/Zr radiochronometer
9 Current NF Projects/Initiatives ITWG (International Technical Working Group)Analysis of HEU pelletsSamples expected to be received in February/March 2010Analysis to be done by RMC, HC and DRDC
10 Current NF Projects/Initiatives Reference Material DevelopmentLead by US NISTFirst inter-agencyworkshop held in August 2009 (HC and DRDC attendance)Purpose: to identify the requirement for new certified reference materials for:Nuclear safeguardsForensicsConsequence ManagementNext meeting: February 2010
11 Direct Alpha Analysis of Forensic Samples Partners: HC, STUK, AWEDevelopment of sampling techniques and software to deconvolute bad alpha spectra
12 Current NF Projects/Initiatives RCMP involvement with FBI and scientists in the US in the Scientific Working Group CBRNWork on documents and procedures that can be adopted by laboratories and meet the needs of the courtsMay develop a Canadian equivalent of the SWGCBRN; first planning meeting to be held in March 2010.
13 Future Plans for NF in Canada Continue to apply for external funding (CRTI) for new and innovative R&D projects in NFSeek out international collaborations for partnering on key areas related to NFProject proposals need to meet the listed priorities for the CRTI call