Environmental aspects of a tritium oxide release from the Savannah River Site on September 2 and 3, 1984

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Tritium was released to the atmosphere from the Savannah River Plant during an incident on September 2 and 3, 1984 between 10 PM and 3 AM. During this five hour period, 43,800 Ci of tritium, principally in the form of the oxide (HTO), was released. An additional 14,000, Ci was released during subsequent cleanup operations between September 3 and 7. The total amount released from the incident was 57,800 Ci. The HTO cloud initially moved northward and passed near the towns of New Ellenton and Aiken, SC. Two hours after the release began, the wind shifted and carried the cloud ... continued below

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Hoel, D.D.; Kurzeja, R.J. & Evans, A.G. September 28, 1990.

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Tritium was released to the atmosphere from the Savannah River Plant during an incident on September 2 and 3, 1984 between 10 PM and 3 AM. During this five hour period, 43,800 Ci of tritium, principally in the form of the oxide (HTO), was released. An additional 14,000, Ci was released during subsequent cleanup operations between September 3 and 7. The total amount released from the incident was 57,800 Ci. The HTO cloud initially moved northward and passed near the towns of New Ellenton and Aiken, SC. Two hours after the release began, the wind shifted and carried the cloud toward Columbia, SC. The cloud moved northeast during the daytime on September 3 over the east-central portion of North Carolina. Environmental sampling teams were dispatched by SRL, SRP, and SCDHEC (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control). SRL collected air and vegetation samples and SRP collected vegetation, water, milk and bioassay samples. SCDHEC collected vegetation, milk, and water samples. The highest activity of HTO measured in vegetation was 501 pCi/mL onsite, 2522 pCi/mL at the plant boundary, and 9859 pCi/mL offsite. These concentrations were approximately 100 times larger than normal values. 13 refs., 7 figs., 10 tabs.

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  • Other: DE91002989
  • Report No.: WSRC-RP-90-814
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • DOI: 10.2172/6417935 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6417935
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1207539

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Hoel, D.D.; Kurzeja, R.J. & Evans, A.G. Environmental aspects of a tritium oxide release from the Savannah River Site on September 2 and 3, 1984, report, September 28, 1990; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1207539/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.