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Title: Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, August 31-September 2, 1977

Abstract

A radiological survey was conducted at the former locations of the West Stands, the New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. General radiochemistry and/or physics research for the MED/AEC program was performed at these sites during the 1940s. The buildings have since been razed. The survey was undertaken to determine the presence of any radionuclides remaining from the MED/AEC operations that could have been spilled or released from the former structures. Environmental soil samples (corings) were collected from the areas where the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory once stood. The soil corings were taken at what appeared to be undisturbed locations near the sites of the three former facilities. Analyses of the soil corings included determination of the concentrations of /sup 137/Cs, the /sup 232/Th decay chain, the /sup 226/Ra decay chain, and uranium in the soil. The levels of uranium and the /sup 226/Ra decay chain found in the samples indicated that no concentrations above natural background levels were present. Slightly elevated levels of /sup 60/Co were found in soil taken from the top 5 cm of the ground at two sampling sites, but this activitymore » was presumed to have been traceable to induced activity from contaminated stainless steel that had been stored in the area during operations not related to MED/AEC activities. No increased radiation dose attributable to exposure to residual radioactivity from MED/AEC activities is expected.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5254837
Report Number(s):
DOE/EV-0005/34; ANL-OHS/HP-82-105
ON: DE82019232
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ABANDONED SITES; RADIATION MONITORING; CESIUM 137; COBALT 60; RADIUM 226; SOILS; RADIOACTIVITY; THORIUM 232; URANIUM; DRILL CORES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY; ILLINOIS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS; SAMPLING; ACTINIDE ISOTOPES; ACTINIDE NUCLEI; ACTINIDES; ALKALI METAL ISOTOPES; ALKALINE EARTH ISOTOPES; ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CESIUM ISOTOPES; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; COBALT ISOTOPES; DATA; ELEMENTS; EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI; FEDERAL REGION V; HEAVY NUCLEI; INFORMATION; INTERMEDIATE MASS NUCLEI; INTERNAL CONVERSION RADIOISOTOPES; ISOMERIC TRANSITION ISOTOPES; ISOTOPES; METALS; MINUTES LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; MONITORING; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEI; NUMERICAL DATA; ODD-EVEN NUCLEI; ODD-ODD NUCLEI; QUANTITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; RADIOISOTOPES; RADIUM ISOTOPES; SPECTROSCOPY; THORIUM ISOTOPES; USA; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 053000* - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects; 510301 - Environment, Terrestrial- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- Soil- (-1987)

Citation Formats

Wynveen, R A, Smith, W H, Mayes, C B, and Justus, A L. Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, August 31-September 2, 1977. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Wynveen, R A, Smith, W H, Mayes, C B, & Justus, A L. Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, August 31-September 2, 1977. United States.
Wynveen, R A, Smith, W H, Mayes, C B, and Justus, A L. Sat . "Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, August 31-September 2, 1977". United States.
@article{osti_5254837,
title = {Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, August 31-September 2, 1977},
author = {Wynveen, R A and Smith, W H and Mayes, C B and Justus, A L},
abstractNote = {A radiological survey was conducted at the former locations of the West Stands, the New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. General radiochemistry and/or physics research for the MED/AEC program was performed at these sites during the 1940s. The buildings have since been razed. The survey was undertaken to determine the presence of any radionuclides remaining from the MED/AEC operations that could have been spilled or released from the former structures. Environmental soil samples (corings) were collected from the areas where the West Stands, New Chemistry Lab and Annex, and Ricketts Laboratory once stood. The soil corings were taken at what appeared to be undisturbed locations near the sites of the three former facilities. Analyses of the soil corings included determination of the concentrations of /sup 137/Cs, the /sup 232/Th decay chain, the /sup 226/Ra decay chain, and uranium in the soil. The levels of uranium and the /sup 226/Ra decay chain found in the samples indicated that no concentrations above natural background levels were present. Slightly elevated levels of /sup 60/Co were found in soil taken from the top 5 cm of the ground at two sampling sites, but this activity was presumed to have been traceable to induced activity from contaminated stainless steel that had been stored in the area during operations not related to MED/AEC activities. No increased radiation dose attributable to exposure to residual radioactivity from MED/AEC activities is expected.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5254837}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1982},
month = {5}
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