Report on Carbon-14 generation and release at some of the Hanford reactors

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The Hanford graphite-moderated reactors have an enclosed gas circulation system to maintain control of the composition of gas atmosphere in the graphite stack. This investigation was undertaken to answer several questions concerning the generation and release of Carbon-14 in the operation of these graphite moderated reactors. The principle question was: Will an increase in the nitrogen content of the reactor atmosphere increase the release of Carbon-14 sufficiently to create a health hazard. Other questions were: (1) What are the main sources and the main release routes. (2) How much does carbon-14 build up in the graphite in the reactor stack. ... continued below

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Barton, G.B. December 14, 1964.

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The Hanford graphite-moderated reactors have an enclosed gas circulation system to maintain control of the composition of gas atmosphere in the graphite stack. This investigation was undertaken to answer several questions concerning the generation and release of Carbon-14 in the operation of these graphite moderated reactors. The principle question was: Will an increase in the nitrogen content of the reactor atmosphere increase the release of Carbon-14 sufficiently to create a health hazard. Other questions were: (1) What are the main sources and the main release routes. (2) How much does carbon-14 build up in the graphite in the reactor stack. and (3) Is the total release of carbon-14 to the atmosphere sufficient to enhance the /sup 14/C levels in the vegetation surrounding the reactors.

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Pages: 33

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NTIS, PC A03; 3.

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  • Other Information: Paper copy only, copy does not permit microfiche production. Declassified 25 Sep 1984

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  • Other: DE87005081
  • Report No.: HW-84569
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6441936
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1203852

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Barton, G.B. Report on Carbon-14 generation and release at some of the Hanford reactors, report, December 14, 1964; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1203852/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.