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Title: Shipping Plan for the "Establish Americium-Oxide Production Capability Project

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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Isotope & Radiation Sources(07); Americium-Oxide Shipping Containers

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Vigil, Toby J., Schulte, Louis D., Cassidy, Linda E., and Caviness, Michael L. Shipping Plan for the "Establish Americium-Oxide Production Capability Project. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1133773.
Vigil, Toby J., Schulte, Louis D., Cassidy, Linda E., & Caviness, Michael L. Shipping Plan for the "Establish Americium-Oxide Production Capability Project. United States. doi:10.2172/1133773.
Vigil, Toby J., Schulte, Louis D., Cassidy, Linda E., and Caviness, Michael L. 2014. "Shipping Plan for the "Establish Americium-Oxide Production Capability Project". United States. doi:10.2172/1133773.
title = {Shipping Plan for the "Establish Americium-Oxide Production Capability Project},
author = {Vigil, Toby J. and Schulte, Louis D. and Cassidy, Linda E. and Caviness, Michael L.},
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doi = {10.2172/1133773},
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place = {United States},
year = 2014,
month = 6

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