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Title: Radionuclides in bats using a contaminated pond on the Nevada National Security Site, USA

In this study, perched groundwater percolating through radionuclide contamination in the E Tunnel Complex on the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site, emerges and is stored in a series of ponds making it available to wildlife, including bats. Since many bat species using the ponds are considered sensitive or protected/regulated and little information is available on dose to bats from radioactive water sources, bats were sampled to determine if the dose they were receiving exceeded the United States Department of Energy dose limit of 1.0E-3 Gy/day. Radionuclide concentrations in water, sediment, and flying insects were also measured as input parameters to the dose rate model and to examine trophic level relationships. The RESRAD-Biota model was used to calculate dose rates to bats using different screening levels. Efficacy of RESRAD-Biota and suggested improvements are discussed. Finally, dose to bats foraging and drinking at these ponds is well below the dose limit set to protect terrestrial biota populations.
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  1. National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), North Las Vegas, NV (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0265-931X
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25946; AC08-96NV11718
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 129; Journal ID: ISSN 0265-931X
Research Org:
National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), North Las Vegas, NV (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT. bats; myotis; pipistrellus; RESRAD-Biota; dose; radionuclides