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Title: Retention of 238Pu-bearing particles by corn plants

Abstract

To measure the retention of 238Pu-bearing particulates on plant surfaces, corn plants were exposed to 238Pu deposition in the vicinity of the H-Area nuclear fuel chemical separations facility on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Plant. Following exposure, plants were removed to an area of lower 238Pu deposition rate and sampled every seven days for 28 days to determine 238Pu retention. To investigate the effects of exposure to wind and precipitation on 238Pu retention, some plants were maintained out of doors while others were maintained in a greenhouse. Plants maintained in the greenhouse showed no statistically significant reduction in 238Pu contents. Plants maintained outside showed 238Pu loss rates consistent with the 14-day retention half-times typically used in radiological assessments. The data analysis of outside plants was complicated by the occurrence of samples with nondetectable 238Pu contents.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5527838
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Health Phys.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; MAIZE; RADIONUCLIDE KINETICS; PLUTONIUM 238; RETENTION; DEPOSITION; LOSSES; SAMPLING; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; WEATHER; ACTINIDE ISOTOPES; ACTINIDE NUCLEI; ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CEREALS; EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI; GRASS; HEAVY NUCLEI; ISOTOPES; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEI; PLANTS; PLUTONIUM ISOTOPES; RADIOISOTOPES; US AEC; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 560173* - Radiation Effects- Nuclide Kinetics & Toxicology- Plants- (-1987); 510302 - Environment, Terrestrial- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- Terrestrial Ecosystems & Food Chains- (-1987); 053000 - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects

Citation Formats

Pinder, J.E. 3d., and Doswell, A C. Retention of 238Pu-bearing particles by corn plants. United States: N. p., 1985. Web. doi:10.1097/00004032-198511000-00009.
Pinder, J.E. 3d., & Doswell, A C. Retention of 238Pu-bearing particles by corn plants. United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-198511000-00009.
Pinder, J.E. 3d., and Doswell, A C. Fri . "Retention of 238Pu-bearing particles by corn plants". United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-198511000-00009.
@article{osti_5527838,
title = {Retention of 238Pu-bearing particles by corn plants},
author = {Pinder, J.E. 3d. and Doswell, A C},
abstractNote = {To measure the retention of 238Pu-bearing particulates on plant surfaces, corn plants were exposed to 238Pu deposition in the vicinity of the H-Area nuclear fuel chemical separations facility on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Plant. Following exposure, plants were removed to an area of lower 238Pu deposition rate and sampled every seven days for 28 days to determine 238Pu retention. To investigate the effects of exposure to wind and precipitation on 238Pu retention, some plants were maintained out of doors while others were maintained in a greenhouse. Plants maintained in the greenhouse showed no statistically significant reduction in 238Pu contents. Plants maintained outside showed 238Pu loss rates consistent with the 14-day retention half-times typically used in radiological assessments. The data analysis of outside plants was complicated by the occurrence of samples with nondetectable 238Pu contents.},
doi = {10.1097/00004032-198511000-00009},
journal = {Health Phys.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {11}
}