Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM D3865-02

Standard Test Method for Plutonium in Water

Significance and Use

This test method was developed to measure plutonium in environmental waters or waters released to the environment, and to determine whether or not the plutonium concentration exceeds the maximum amount allowable by regulatory statutes.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of alpha-particle-emitting isotopes of plutonium concentrations over 0.01 Bq/L (0.3 pCi/L) in water by means of chemical separations and alpha pulse-height analysis (alpha-particle spectrometry). The isotopes, 239Pu, 240Pu, and 238Pu, are chemically separated from a 1-L water sample by coprecipitation with ferric hydroxide, anion exchange and electrodeposition. The test method applies to soluble plutonium and to suspended particulate matter containing plutonium. In the latter situation, an acid dissolution step is required to assure that all of the plutonium dissolves.

1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific hazards are given in Section 9.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.04
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D3865-02
ICS Code: 13.060.50