Impacts of atmospheric tritium releases from solid waste storage areas

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Burial sites for low-level radioactive wastes are situated on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) reservation. Releases of radioactive material from these sites into the ground- and surface waters, thus affecting nearby residents, has long been a concern. Such releases are considered the primary pathway of concern from low-level burial sites in humid regions. However, recent publications indicate that the atmospheric pathway, through which tritiated water vapor, /sup 14/C, /sup 85/Kr, /sup 222/Rn, and possibly other gases are emitted the trenches, dispersed downwind, and inhaled, may be an important impact from some low-level burial sites. This paper represents an attempt ... continued below

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Kornegay, F.C. March 1, 1985.

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Burial sites for low-level radioactive wastes are situated on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) reservation. Releases of radioactive material from these sites into the ground- and surface waters, thus affecting nearby residents, has long been a concern. Such releases are considered the primary pathway of concern from low-level burial sites in humid regions. However, recent publications indicate that the atmospheric pathway, through which tritiated water vapor, /sup 14/C, /sup 85/Kr, /sup 222/Rn, and possibly other gases are emitted the trenches, dispersed downwind, and inhaled, may be an important impact from some low-level burial sites. This paper represents an attempt to estimate the atmospheric contribution from the ORNL burial grounds, specifically the Solid Waste Storage Areas (SWSAs), to the total dose commitment resulting from ORNL burial ground operations. The results of this study indicate that tritium released from the ORNL SWSAs is not a significant contributor to the offsite dose received as a result of ORNL operations. The assumptions used in this study are conservative, but some additional work may be required before the problem can be dismissed. 8 refs.

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  • Air Pollution Control Association annual meeting and exhibition, Detroit, MI, USA, 16 Jun 1985

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  • Report No.: CONF-850612-6
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5326975
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1074100

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Kornegay, F.C. Impacts of atmospheric tritium releases from solid waste storage areas, article, March 1, 1985; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1074100/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.