Document Details


Title:
SPECIAL BOVINE SAMPLING STUDY - PROJECT ROLLER COASTER SITES ( MEMO TO SWRHL, LAS VEGAS, NV, ET AL, SUBJECT: CORRECTIONS TO SWRHL-53R, 8/14/69 )
Author(s):
Subject Terms:
SAMPLING; PLUTONIUM 239; BARIUM 140; CERIUM 144; ORGANS; STRONTIUM 90; ACTIVITY LEVELS; GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY; POTASSIUM; DATA; CATTLE; RUTHENIUM 106; TISSUES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; CESIUM 137; NECROPSY; STRONTIUM 89; IODINE 131; STORAX OPERATION
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1969 Jun 30
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0034
Accession Number:
NV0067710
Document Number(s):
SWRHL53R
Originating Research Org.:
SOUTHWESTERN RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH LABORATORY
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
SIX BOVINE, THREE YOUNG ANIMALS AND THREE AGED ANIMALS, THAT HAD BEEN GRAZING ON OR NEAR THE 1963 PROJECT ROLLERCOASTER SITES WERE SACRIFICE D IN APRIL 1967 TO ASSESS THE BODY BURDEN OF PLUTONIUM-239 IN THESE AN IMALS. LEVELS FOUND IN VARIOUS TISSUES WERE HIGHER THAN THOSE FOUND IN BOVINE GRAZING ON THE NTS BUT FAR BELOW THE MPC LEVELS ESTABLISHED FOR HUMAN S. THE MAXIMUM DOSE AND INDIVIDUAL COULD RECEIVE FROM CONSUMING TISSUE FROM THESE ANIMALS IS NEGLIGIBLE. NO PATHOLOGY WAS FOUND ON EITHER GR OSS OR MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION THAT COULD BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO RADIA TION. DUE TO THE OBSCURE ETIOLOGY OF THE DESCRIBED LESIONS, IT WOULD BE IMPO SSIBLE TO REACH ANY DEFINITE CONCLUSIONS AS TO THEIR ORIGIN; BUT IT WO ULD APPEAR TO BE DUE TO SOME OTHER CAUSE THAN RADIATION, SINCE THE BOD Y BURDEN OF PLUTONIUM-239 WAS WELL BELOW THOSE LEVELS KNOWN TO INDUCE DETECTABLE RADIATION DAMAGE. NO STATISTICAL DIFFERENCE WAS FOUND IN THE LEVELS OF PLUTONIUM-239 BET WEEN THE YOUNG AND AGED ANIMALS. HILARIA JAMESII CONSTITUTED 86% OF THE ANIMALS' DIET.


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