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Title: Recent accomplishments in low-level radioactive waste measurement at Los Alamos

Abstract

Is Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) the only laboratory that has difficulty measuring low concentrations of alpha radioactivity in wastewater, or do the rest of the nation`s laboratories just not realize the lack of precision/accuracy in its own measurements? DOE Order 5400.5 sets 30 pCi/L total alpha as a goal for effluent discharge. The State of Colorado requires 0.05 pCi/L. The EPA is considering standards in this range for drinking water and therefore, presumably in treated wastewater effluent. How reasonable are these limits with respect to ease and precision/accuracy of routine measurements and real risk to human health and environmental protection? After reviewing the constraints of various analytical methods, the paper describes a method using {sup 236}Pu and {sup 243}Am as traces to determine low levels of alpha in water samples.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10129700
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-94-493; CONF-940225-48
ON: DE94007541; TRN: 94:005624
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste management `94: working towards a cleaner environment,Tucson, AZ (United States),27 Feb - 3 Mar 1994; Other Information: PBD: [1994]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; WASTE WATER; RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; PLUTONIUM 236; AMERICIUM 243; TRACER TECHNIQUES; NITRIC ACID; ION EXCHANGE; SEPARATION PROCESSES; ELECTROPLATING; 400105; 052000; SEPARATION PROCEDURES; WASTE MANAGEMENT

Citation Formats

Midkiff, W.S., Attrep, M., and Covey, J.R. Recent accomplishments in low-level radioactive waste measurement at Los Alamos. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Midkiff, W.S., Attrep, M., & Covey, J.R. Recent accomplishments in low-level radioactive waste measurement at Los Alamos. United States.
Midkiff, W.S., Attrep, M., and Covey, J.R. Tue . "Recent accomplishments in low-level radioactive waste measurement at Los Alamos". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10129700.
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abstractNote = {Is Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) the only laboratory that has difficulty measuring low concentrations of alpha radioactivity in wastewater, or do the rest of the nation`s laboratories just not realize the lack of precision/accuracy in its own measurements? DOE Order 5400.5 sets 30 pCi/L total alpha as a goal for effluent discharge. The State of Colorado requires 0.05 pCi/L. The EPA is considering standards in this range for drinking water and therefore, presumably in treated wastewater effluent. How reasonable are these limits with respect to ease and precision/accuracy of routine measurements and real risk to human health and environmental protection? After reviewing the constraints of various analytical methods, the paper describes a method using {sup 236}Pu and {sup 243}Am as traces to determine low levels of alpha in water samples.},
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