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Health Physics Division Quarterly Progress Report for Period Ending October 20, 1952
Morgan, K Z [ORNL, Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Co., Oak Ridge]
Subject Terms:
adsorption, radioisotopes; decontamination, surveys; groundwater studies; health physics, ORNL; quarterly progress report; waste storage pit, Ru-106
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Waste Management
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Publication Date:
1952 Oct 20
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Accession Number:
Document Number(s):
ORNL-1420; Copy 44, Series A; Copy44SeriesA
Originating Research Org.:
Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document contains the Health Physics Division Quarterly Progress Report for the period ending October 20, 1952. Two types of commercial water-purification units were evaluated with respect to their effectiveness in removing the radioactive components from a solution of fission products. Data obtained so far from the ground-water studies at Waste Storage Pit No. 2 indicated that the shale formation is quite uniform and impermeable, a high degree of adsorption of the radioisotopes contained in the waste occurs (with the exception of ruthenium), and the ground-water level is relatively stable with small, lateral flow rates. The study of the adsorption of radioisotopes from liquid wastes by natural soil materials was continued. Work on the fifth semiannual estimate of the fish population of White Oak Lake began on September 22 and continued for about five weeks. A year-round study which began in the summer of 1951 on the accumulation of long-lived fission products in bluegills and black crappies from White Oak Lake indicated there is a definite seasonal variation in the amount of such materials accumulated in the different tissues. A scintillation counter designed to be mounted on an automobile luggage rack was developed for use in uranium prospecting and radiation surveys. A study of all available data, published and unpublished, pertaining to the so-called "particle" problem at ORNL was initiated and a proposal for further evaluation of this problem would be submitted.

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