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Title: Radiological Survey Results for the Niagara Mohawk Right-of-Way, Tonawanda, New York (TNY004)

Abstract

At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted a radiological survey of a small portion of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation right-of-way in Tonawanda, New York. The purpose of the survey was to determine if radioactive residuals had migrated from or been redistributed onto the Niagara Mohawk right-of-way from the former Linde property to the west. The Linde Air Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation, Tonawanda New York, had used radioactive materials at that location for work performed under government contract from 1942 through 1948. The survey was performed in May 1996 in response to Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) requirements. These requirements dictate that the radiological status of certain vicinity properties shall be assessed and documented according to prescribed procedures prior to certification of the property for release for unrestricted use. Such release can only be granted if the property is found to be within current applicable authorized limits. The survey included a gamma scan of accessible areas and the collection and radionuclide analysis of soil samples from the portion of right-of-way located east of the former Linde plant site and north of the railway spur entrancemore » gate. Results of the survey indicate that radioactive material probably originating from the Linde plant is located on the Niagara Mohawk right-of-way in the area surveyed. Surface gamma exposure rates were elevated above typical background levels. Four scattered surface soil samples exceeded DOE guideline values for {sup 238}U, and 8 of 13 surface soil samples exceeded DOE guideline values for {sup 226}Ra. The radionuclide distribution in these samples was similar to that found in materials resulting from former processing activities at the Linde site. It is recommended that the property be designated for remedial action by DOE.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
1699
Report Number(s):
ORNL/RASA-97/2
TRN: US0101275
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-96OR22464
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Nov 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; NEW YORK; REMEDIAL ACTION; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOMETRIC SURVEYS; URANIUM 238; RADIUM 226; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY

Citation Formats

McKenzie, S.P., and Uziel, M.S.. Radiological Survey Results for the Niagara Mohawk Right-of-Way, Tonawanda, New York (TNY004). United States: N. p., 1998. Web. doi:10.2172/1699.
McKenzie, S.P., & Uziel, M.S.. Radiological Survey Results for the Niagara Mohawk Right-of-Way, Tonawanda, New York (TNY004). United States. doi:10.2172/1699.
McKenzie, S.P., and Uziel, M.S.. Sun . "Radiological Survey Results for the Niagara Mohawk Right-of-Way, Tonawanda, New York (TNY004)". United States. doi:10.2172/1699. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1699.
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title = {Radiological Survey Results for the Niagara Mohawk Right-of-Way, Tonawanda, New York (TNY004)},
author = {McKenzie, S.P. and Uziel, M.S.},
abstractNote = {At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted a radiological survey of a small portion of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation right-of-way in Tonawanda, New York. The purpose of the survey was to determine if radioactive residuals had migrated from or been redistributed onto the Niagara Mohawk right-of-way from the former Linde property to the west. The Linde Air Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation, Tonawanda New York, had used radioactive materials at that location for work performed under government contract from 1942 through 1948. The survey was performed in May 1996 in response to Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) requirements. These requirements dictate that the radiological status of certain vicinity properties shall be assessed and documented according to prescribed procedures prior to certification of the property for release for unrestricted use. Such release can only be granted if the property is found to be within current applicable authorized limits. The survey included a gamma scan of accessible areas and the collection and radionuclide analysis of soil samples from the portion of right-of-way located east of the former Linde plant site and north of the railway spur entrance gate. Results of the survey indicate that radioactive material probably originating from the Linde plant is located on the Niagara Mohawk right-of-way in the area surveyed. Surface gamma exposure rates were elevated above typical background levels. Four scattered surface soil samples exceeded DOE guideline values for {sup 238}U, and 8 of 13 surface soil samples exceeded DOE guideline values for {sup 226}Ra. The radionuclide distribution in these samples was similar to that found in materials resulting from former processing activities at the Linde site. It is recommended that the property be designated for remedial action by DOE.},
doi = {10.2172/1699},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Sun Nov 01 00:00:00 EST 1998},
month = {Sun Nov 01 00:00:00 EST 1998}
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