Hydrologic transport of depleted uranium associated with open air dynamic range testing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

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Hydrologic investigations on depleted uranium fate and transport associated with dynamic testing activities were instituted in the 1980`s at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Eglin Air Force Base. At Los Alamos, extensive field watershed investigations of soil, sediment, and especially runoff water were conducted. Eglin conducted field investigations and runoff studies similar to those at Los Alamos at former and active test ranges. Laboratory experiments complemented the field investigations at both installations. Mass balance calculations were performed to quantify the mass of expended uranium which had transported away from firing sites. At Los Alamos, it is estimated that more than ... continued below

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Becker, N.M. & Vanta, E.B. May 1, 1995.

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  • Becker, N.M. Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
  • Vanta, E.B. Wright Laboratory Armament Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, FL (United States)

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Hydrologic investigations on depleted uranium fate and transport associated with dynamic testing activities were instituted in the 1980`s at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Eglin Air Force Base. At Los Alamos, extensive field watershed investigations of soil, sediment, and especially runoff water were conducted. Eglin conducted field investigations and runoff studies similar to those at Los Alamos at former and active test ranges. Laboratory experiments complemented the field investigations at both installations. Mass balance calculations were performed to quantify the mass of expended uranium which had transported away from firing sites. At Los Alamos, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of the uranium still remains in close proximity to firing sites, which has been corroborated by independent calculations. At Eglin, we estimate that 90 to 95 percent of the uranium remains at test ranges. These data demonstrate that uranium moves slowly via surface water, in both semi-arid (Los Alamos) and humid (Eglin) environments.

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  • 5. major Range and Test Facility Base environmental workshop, Alexandria, VA (United States), 23-25 May 1995

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  • Other: DE95011009
  • Report No.: LA-UR--95-1213
  • Report No.: CONF-9505205--1
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 64325
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc689543

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Becker, N.M. & Vanta, E.B. Hydrologic transport of depleted uranium associated with open air dynamic range testing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, article, May 1, 1995; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc689543/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.