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Title: Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of The George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 13-17, 1977

Abstract

A comprehensive radiological survey was conducted at George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Radiochemistry for the MED/AEC project was performed in this building in the 1940s. The building is now used as laboratories, offices, and classrooms. The survey was undertaken to determine the location and quantities of any radioactive materials remaining from the MED/AEC operations. Forty-three spots of contamination possibly resulting from MED/AEC occupancy in 17 rooms exceeded the allowable limits as given in the ANSI Standard N13.12. Under current use conditions, the potential for radiation exposure to occupants of this building from these sources of contamination is remote. Concentrations of radon daughters in the air of the building, as measured with grab-sampling techniques, were below the limit of 0.01 WL above background as given in the Surgeon General's Guidelines. No long-lived radionuclides were detected in any air sample. Concentrations of radionuclides in soil samples from near the laboratory generally indicated background levels. In order to reduce the potential for radiation exposure, remedial measures such as stabilization of the contamination in place would be applicable as a short-term measure. In order to reduce the risk in the event that building modifications take place inmore » the future, health physics procedures and coverage are recommended. The long-term solution would involve decontamination by removal of the radioactive residues from the 17 rooms or areas where contamination possibly resulting from MED/AEC activities was detected.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5254861
Report Number(s):
DOE/EV-0005/26; ANL-OHS/HP-82-100
ON: DE82016058; TRN: 82-013049
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; BUILDINGS; RADIATION MONITORING; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; SOILS; AIR; CESIUM 137; CHICAGO; DAUGHTER PRODUCTS; DECONTAMINATION; MANHATTAN PROJECT; RADIATION HAZARDS; RADIUM; RADON; URANIUM; ACTINIDES; ALKALI METAL ISOTOPES; ALKALINE EARTH METALS; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CESIUM ISOTOPES; CLEANING; ELEMENTS; FEDERAL REGION V; FLUIDS; GASES; HAZARDS; HEALTH HAZARDS; ILLINOIS; ISOTOPES; METALS; MONITORING; NONMETALS; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEI; ODD-EVEN NUCLEI; RADIOISOTOPES; RARE GASES; USA; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 053000* - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects; 054000 - Nuclear Fuels- Health & Safety; 500300 - Environment, Atmospheric- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 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 George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 13-17, 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 George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 13-17, 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 George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 13-17, 1977". United States.
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title = {Formerly utilized MED/AEC sites remedial action program. Radiological survey of The George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 13-17, 1977},
author = {Wynveen, R A and Smith, W H and Mayes, C B and Justus, A L},
abstractNote = {A comprehensive radiological survey was conducted at George Herbert Jones Chemical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Radiochemistry for the MED/AEC project was performed in this building in the 1940s. The building is now used as laboratories, offices, and classrooms. The survey was undertaken to determine the location and quantities of any radioactive materials remaining from the MED/AEC operations. Forty-three spots of contamination possibly resulting from MED/AEC occupancy in 17 rooms exceeded the allowable limits as given in the ANSI Standard N13.12. Under current use conditions, the potential for radiation exposure to occupants of this building from these sources of contamination is remote. Concentrations of radon daughters in the air of the building, as measured with grab-sampling techniques, were below the limit of 0.01 WL above background as given in the Surgeon General's Guidelines. No long-lived radionuclides were detected in any air sample. Concentrations of radionuclides in soil samples from near the laboratory generally indicated background levels. In order to reduce the potential for radiation exposure, remedial measures such as stabilization of the contamination in place would be applicable as a short-term measure. In order to reduce the risk in the event that building modifications take place in the future, health physics procedures and coverage are recommended. The long-term solution would involve decontamination by removal of the radioactive residues from the 17 rooms or areas where contamination possibly resulting from MED/AEC activities was detected.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5254861}, journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1982},
month = {5}
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