By Steven Snay
Radiation Detector use and understanding module took the group through detector use via actual contamination and dose measurements in a real lab with simulated events, live sources (visible and hidden).
Decontamination module allowed the EPA to set up their Level A suit in a decon tent. UML made concoction of petroleum jelly, UV fluorescent paint, and a short lived isotope. This concoction was applied on the level A suit so the participants could actually test their ability to decontaminate. At the end, they measured, with detectors and a UV light, to see if they decontaminated properly.
The half-life module allowed the EPA to measure the radioactive decay of a reactor produced Aluminum-28 (short lived) isotope to track its 2 min half-life to determine the material.
The group also participated in a tour of the reactor and accelerator, where UML had the chance to showcase its cutting edge research and training facilities within the Radiation Laboratory.