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Title: Sediment and radionuclide transport in rivers. Phase I: field sampling program during mean flow Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York

Abstract

A field sampling program was conducted on Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York during November and December 1977 to investigate the transport of radionuclides in surface waters as part of a continuing program to provide data for application and verification of Pacific Northwest Laboratory's (PNL) sediment and radionuclide transport model, SERATRA. Suspended sediment, bed sediment, and water samples were collected during mean flow conditions over a 45 mile reach of stream channel. Radiological analysis of these samples included primarily gamma ray emitters; however, some plutonium, strontium, curium, and tritium analyses were also included. The principal gamma emitter found during the sampling program was /sup 137/Cs where, in some cases, levels associated with the sand and clay size fractions of bed sediment exceeded 100 pCi/g. Elevated levels of /sup 137/Cs and /sup 90/Sr were found downstream of the Nuclear Fuel Services Center, an inactive plutonium reprocessing plant and low level nuclear waste disposal site. Based on radionuclide levels in upstream control stations, /sup 137/Cs was the only radionuclide whose levels in the creeks downstream of the site could confidently be attributed to the site during this sampling program. This field sampling effort is the first of a three phase program tomore » collect data during low, medium and high flow conditions.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5614253
Report Number(s):
NUREG/CR-1030; PNL-3117
TRN: 80-002164
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-06-1830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CESIUM 137; GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY; IODINE 131; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; PLANTS; STRONTIUM 90; TRITIUM; WATER POLLUTION; RADIATION MONITORING; ALPHA SPECTROSCOPY; AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS; DATA COMPILATION; DISTRIBUTION; GAMMA RADIATION; GRAPHS; NEW YORK; PLUTONIUM; RADIOACTIVITY; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; SAMPLING; SEDIMENTS; SOILS; SURFACE WATERS; TABLES; ACTINIDES; ALKALI METAL ISOTOPES; ALKALINE EARTH ISOTOPES; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CESIUM ISOTOPES; DATA; DATA FORMS; DAYS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; ECOSYSTEMS; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; ELEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI; HYDROGEN ISOTOPES; INFORMATION; INTERMEDIATE MASS NUCLEI; IODINE ISOTOPES; IONIZING RADIATIONS; ISOTOPES; LIGHT NUCLEI; MASS TRANSFER; METALS; MID-ATLANTIC REGION; MONITORING; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEI; NUMERICAL DATA; ODD-EVEN NUCLEI; POLLUTION; RADIATIONS; RADIOISOTOPES; SPECTROSCOPY; STRONTIUM ISOTOPES; TRANSURANIUM ELEMENTS; USA; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 520300* - Environment, Aquatic- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- (1989)

Citation Formats

Ecker, R M, and Onishi, Y. Sediment and radionuclide transport in rivers. Phase I: field sampling program during mean flow Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/5614253.
Ecker, R M, & Onishi, Y. Sediment and radionuclide transport in rivers. Phase I: field sampling program during mean flow Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5614253
Ecker, R M, and Onishi, Y. 1979. "Sediment and radionuclide transport in rivers. Phase I: field sampling program during mean flow Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5614253. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5614253.
@article{osti_5614253,
title = {Sediment and radionuclide transport in rivers. Phase I: field sampling program during mean flow Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York},
author = {Ecker, R M and Onishi, Y},
abstractNote = {A field sampling program was conducted on Cattaraugus and Buttermilk Creeks, New York during November and December 1977 to investigate the transport of radionuclides in surface waters as part of a continuing program to provide data for application and verification of Pacific Northwest Laboratory's (PNL) sediment and radionuclide transport model, SERATRA. Suspended sediment, bed sediment, and water samples were collected during mean flow conditions over a 45 mile reach of stream channel. Radiological analysis of these samples included primarily gamma ray emitters; however, some plutonium, strontium, curium, and tritium analyses were also included. The principal gamma emitter found during the sampling program was /sup 137/Cs where, in some cases, levels associated with the sand and clay size fractions of bed sediment exceeded 100 pCi/g. Elevated levels of /sup 137/Cs and /sup 90/Sr were found downstream of the Nuclear Fuel Services Center, an inactive plutonium reprocessing plant and low level nuclear waste disposal site. Based on radionuclide levels in upstream control stations, /sup 137/Cs was the only radionuclide whose levels in the creeks downstream of the site could confidently be attributed to the site during this sampling program. This field sampling effort is the first of a three phase program to collect data during low, medium and high flow conditions.},
doi = {10.2172/5614253},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5614253}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {8}
}