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The Application of Existing Oceanographic Knowledge to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal into the Sea; Applicationdes Connaissances Oceanographiques Actuelles au Probleme de l'Elimination de Dechets Radioactifs dans la Mer; 0418 0421 041f 0414 ; Aplicacion de los Conocimientos Oceanograficos Actuales al Problema de la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos en el Mar

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Abstract

This paper is presented in three major sections. In the first section the general approach to the overall problem of disposal of radioactive materials into the sea is presented. Those areas where oceanographic knowledge is required are indicated, and a general outline of the status of our present knowledge in these areas is presented. In the second section existing oceanographic knowledge is applied to waste disposal problems, including physical, chemical and biological aspects. It is shown that, on the basis of existing oceanographic knowledge, fairly large amounts (megacuries per year) of packaged wastes can be disposed of into the deep sea without endangering man's safe uses of the sea. Low-level packaged wastes of the order of several hundred curies per year per disposal site could be safely disposed of on the continental shelf. Discharge of several hundred curies with the spent ion-exchange beds from nuclear-powered ships can be made into surface layers of the open sea without undue risk. The special aspects of near-shore and estuarine environments with respect to nuclear ship operation are discussed. In the third section of the paper a brief discussion is given of some of the oceanographic research activities now under way in the United  More>>
Authors:
Pritchard, D. W. [1] 
  1. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (United States)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1960
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes, Monaco (Monaco), 16-21 Nov 1959; Other Information: 10 refs., 2 tabs., 1 fig.; Related Information: In: Disposal of Radioactive Wastes. Vol. II. Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes| 586 p.
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; CONTINENTAL SHELF; HEALTH HAZARDS; ION EXCHANGE; NUCLEAR SHIPS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; RADIOECOLOGY; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; SEAS; SHORES
OSTI ID:
22192420
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France); Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M3544016909
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 229-248
Announcement Date:
Feb 20, 2014

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Pritchard, D. W. The Application of Existing Oceanographic Knowledge to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal into the Sea; Applicationdes Connaissances Oceanographiques Actuelles au Probleme de l'Elimination de Dechets Radioactifs dans la Mer; 0418 0421 041f 0414 ; Aplicacion de los Conocimientos Oceanograficos Actuales al Problema de la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos en el Mar. IAEA: N. p., 1960. Web.
Pritchard, D. W. The Application of Existing Oceanographic Knowledge to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal into the Sea; Applicationdes Connaissances Oceanographiques Actuelles au Probleme de l'Elimination de Dechets Radioactifs dans la Mer; 0418 0421 041f 0414 ; Aplicacion de los Conocimientos Oceanograficos Actuales al Problema de la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos en el Mar. IAEA.
Pritchard, D. W. 1960. "The Application of Existing Oceanographic Knowledge to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal into the Sea; Applicationdes Connaissances Oceanographiques Actuelles au Probleme de l'Elimination de Dechets Radioactifs dans la Mer; 0418 0421 041f 0414 ; Aplicacion de los Conocimientos Oceanograficos Actuales al Problema de la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos en el Mar." IAEA.
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title = {The Application of Existing Oceanographic Knowledge to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal into the Sea; Applicationdes Connaissances Oceanographiques Actuelles au Probleme de l'Elimination de Dechets Radioactifs dans la Mer; 0418 0421 041f 0414 ; Aplicacion de los Conocimientos Oceanograficos Actuales al Problema de la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos en el Mar}
author = {Pritchard, D. W.}
abstractNote = {This paper is presented in three major sections. In the first section the general approach to the overall problem of disposal of radioactive materials into the sea is presented. Those areas where oceanographic knowledge is required are indicated, and a general outline of the status of our present knowledge in these areas is presented. In the second section existing oceanographic knowledge is applied to waste disposal problems, including physical, chemical and biological aspects. It is shown that, on the basis of existing oceanographic knowledge, fairly large amounts (megacuries per year) of packaged wastes can be disposed of into the deep sea without endangering man's safe uses of the sea. Low-level packaged wastes of the order of several hundred curies per year per disposal site could be safely disposed of on the continental shelf. Discharge of several hundred curies with the spent ion-exchange beds from nuclear-powered ships can be made into surface layers of the open sea without undue risk. The special aspects of near-shore and estuarine environments with respect to nuclear ship operation are discussed. In the third section of the paper a brief discussion is given of some of the oceanographic research activities now under way in the United States applicable to the radioactive waste disposal problem. (author) [French] Ce memoire comprend trois parties principales. Dans la premiere, l'auteur expose la maniere dont on envisage le probleme general de l'elimination de matieres radioactives dans la mer. Il precise les domaines dans lesquels des connaissances oceanographiques sont indispensables et il expose, d'une facon generale, le niveau actuel de notre science en cette matiere. Dans la deuxieme partie, les connaissances oceanographiques actuelles sont appliquees aux problemes d'elimination des dechets, notamment aux aspects physiques, chimiques et biologiques. L'auteur montre que, selon les connaissances oceanographiques actuelles, on peut eliminer en haute mer des quantites assez importantes de dechets emballes (de l'ordre de plusieurs megacuries par an) sans compromettre l'utilisation par l'homme des produits de la mer. On pourrait eliminer sans danger sur le plateau continental des dechets emballes de faible activite, de l'ordre de plusieurs centaines de curies par an et par lieu d'evacuation. Les navires a propulsion nucleaire peuvent decharger sans trop de risques dans les couches superficielles de la haute mer plusieurs centaines de curies avec les matieres echangeuses d'ions usees. L'auteur etudie en particulier J'influence que peut avoir sur les milieux voisins des rivages et des estuaires l'exploitation de navires a propulsion nucleaire. La troisieme partie du memoire contient l'expose succinct de certaines recherches oceanographiques faites actuellement aux Etats-Unis, et qui peuvent eclairer le probleme de l'elimination des dechets radioactifs. (author) [Spanish] La memoria se divide en tres partes principales. En la primera, el autor expone los criterios seguidos para abordar el problema general de la evacuacion de sustancias radiactivas en el mar. Indica aquellos sectores en los que se requieren conocimientos oceanograficos y estudia sucintamente el estado de nuestros conocimientos actuales en estos sectores. En la segunda parte, los conocimientos oceanograficos existentes se aplican a los problemas de evacuacion de desechos, inclusive sus aspectos fisicos, quimicos y biologicos. El autor demuestra que, sobre la base de los conocimientos oceanograficos actuales, la evacuacion en las profundidades del mar de grandes cantidades (del orden de los megacuries por ano) de desechos envasados puede hacerse sin comprometer la utilizacion del mar y de sus productos por el hombre. Los desechos envasados de baja actividad, en cantidades del orden de varios centenares de curies por ano y por lugar de eliminacion, podran evacuarse en la plataforma continental. Asimismo, podra permitirse la evacuacion en las capas superficiales de la alta mar de resinas de intercambio ionico agotadas en cantidades del orden de varios centenares de curies sin crear riesgos innecesarios. En la tercera parte del trabajo, el autor describe sucintamente algunas investigaciones oceanograficas actualmente en curso en los Estados Unidos que pueden contribuir a la solucion del problema de la evacuacion de desechos radiactivos. (author) [Russian] Zapiska sostoit iz treh glavnyh razdelov. V pervom razdele razbiraetsja obshhij podhod ko vsej vazhnoj probleme udalenija radioaktivnyh materialov v more. Ukazany te rajony, gde trebuetsja znanie okeanografii, a takzhe daetsja obshhee ponjatie o sostojanii nashego znakomstva s jetimi rajonami v nastojashhee vremja. Vo vtorom razdele sushhestvujushhie okeanograficheskie znanija primenjajutsja k problemam udalenija othodov, vkljuchaja fizicheskie, himicheskie i biologicheskie aspekty. Pokazyvaetsja, chto na osnove sushhestvujushhih okeanograficheskih znanij mozhno udaljat' sravnitel'no bol'shie razmery (porjadka neskol'kih megakjuri v god) upakovannyh othodov v glubokovodnye vpadiny, ne ugrozhaja bezopasnosti cheloveka na more. Nizkoaktivnye upakovannye othody porjadka neskol'kih soten kjuri v god na odno mesto udalenija mogut bez opasnosti sbrasyvat'sja v kontinental'nom shel'fe. Bez kakogo-libo osobogo riska mozhno sbrasyvat' aktivnosti porjadka neskol'kih soten kjuri v ispol'zovannyh zapolniteljah ionoobmennikov jadernyh sudov. Rassmatrivajutsja special'nye aspekty jekspluatacii jadernyh sudov v pribrezhnyh i jestuarial'nyh vodah. V tret'em razdele zapiski daetsja kratkij obzor issledovatel'skoj dejatel'nosti v oblasti okeanografii, kotoraja vedetsja v nastojashhee vremja v Soedinennyh Shtatah primenitel'no k probleme udalenija radioaktivnyh othodov. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1960}
month = {Jul}
}