SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1958

Analysis for Radionuclides in Aqueous Wastes from an “Atomic” Plant


Waste water from a plant operating reactors and processing spent fuel contains many radionuclides, formed both by neutron capture and by fission. Methods of analysis and typical findings are reported for a variety of aqueous samples including: reactor coolant, water from a settling basin and pits, seepage from pits, underground water, and water from a river. Analysis by radiochemical methods is described, and considerable attention is given to measurement of gamma-emitters by scintillation spectrometry, a versatile technique for identification and quantitative determination. Most of the materials described are characterized by moderate levels of radioactivity. A brief description is given of techniques for measuring extremely small concentrations of radioelements.

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Kahn, B
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Moeller, DW
U. S. Public Health Service, Robert A. Taft Sanitary Engineering Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Handley, TH
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Reynolds, SA
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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Developed by Committee: D19
Pages: 38–47
DOI: 10.1520/STP39471S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5646-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5645-6