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  • Main Title Measurement of emission fluxes from Technical Area 54, Area G and L. Final report


  • Author: Eklund, B.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Radian Corp., Austin, TX (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico
    Additional Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1995-03-15


  • English


  • Content Description: The emission flux (mass/time-area) of tritiated water from TA-54 was measured to support the characterization of radioactive air emissions from waste sites for the Radioactive Air Emissions Management (RAEM) program and for the Area G Performance Assessment. Measurements were made at over 180 locations during the summers of 1993 and 1994, including randomly selected locations across Area G, three suspected areas of contamination at Area G, and the property surrounding TA-54. The emission fluxes of radon were measured at six locations and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at 30 locations. Monitoring was performed at each location over a several-hour period using the U.S. EPA flux chamber approach. Separate samples for tritiated water, radon, and VOCs were collected and analyzed in off-site laboratories. The measured tritiated water emission fluxes varied over several orders of magnitude, from background levels of about 3 pCi/m{sup 2}-min to 9.69 x 10{sup 6} pCi/m{sup 2}-min near a disposal shaft. Low levels of tritiated water were found to have migrated into Pajarito Canyon, directly south of Area G. The tritium flux data were used to generate an estimated annual emission rate of 14 Curies/yr for all of Area G, with the majority of this activity being emitted from relatively small areas adjacent to several disposal shafts. The estimated total annual release is less than 1% of the total tritium release from all LANL in 1992 and results in a negligible off-site dose. Based on the limited data available, the average emission flux of radon from Area G is estimated to be 8.1 pCi/m{sup 2}-min. The measured emission fluxes of VOCs were < 100 {mu}g/m{sup 2}-min, which is small compared with fluxes typically measured at hazardous waste landfills. The air quality impacts of these releases were evaluated in a separate report.
  • Physical Description: 265 p.


  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Facilities
  • Keyword: Minimization
  • Keyword: Tritium
  • Keyword: Lanl
  • Keyword: Radioactive Effluents
  • Keyword: Radioecological Concentration
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Earth Atmosphere
  • Keyword: Air Pollution Control
  • STI Subject Categories: 54 Environmental Sciences
  • Keyword: Radioactive Aerosols
  • Keyword: Environmental Transport
  • Keyword: Monitoring


  • Other Information: PBD: 15 Mar 1995


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE96013367
  • Report No.: LA-SUB--96-99-Pt.3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/266872
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 266872
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc670795


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