ESTIMATE OF HAZARD PRODUCED BY ACCIDENTAL RELEASE OF GASEOUS FISSION PRODUCTS FROM AN ORR FUSED SALT CAPSULE EXPERIMENT
Description: An accidental release of gaseous fission products from an ORR fused salt capsule, containing 26 mg. of U/sup 235/, was postulated and the resuiting hazard estimated by calculating the maximum external and internal dose an individual could receive from exposure to the gaseous fission products and their decay products. Assuming all the contained gaseous fission produets are released, the resulting external and internal dosc, to organs other than the thyroid, arc insignificant. The dose to the thyroid by radioiodine is considered to be significant. By retaining at least 90% of the iodine isotopes in the experiment system through use of an iodine trap, a large reduction in both the external whole body and internal thyroid doses may be achieved. Therefore, assuming an iodine trap is utilized, it appears that the consequences of am accidental gaseous fission product release from an ORR fused salt capsule experiment would not be serious. (auth)
Date: April 24, 1959
Creator: Adams, R.E. & Browning, W.E.
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