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Environmental Monitoring Report, United States Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Facilities, Calendar Year 1978
Subject Terms:
Iodine-131, particulates; alpha, beta, fluoride; data, effluent, air monitoring; environment, sampling; radioactive, nonradioactive; sulfur dioxide
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\Environmental Effects; Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
Document Type:
Publication Date:
1978 Dec 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Document Number(s):
Y/UB-10, 20032
Originating Research Org.:
Union Carbide Nuclear Division
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This report contains air monitoring data for radioactive and nonradioactive material sampled in the Oak Ridge and surrounding areas for calendar year 1978. The average gross beta concentrations of radioactivity from particulates in air measured by both the perimeter and remote monitoring systems were 0.07 and 0.08 percent, respectively, of the applicable concentration guide as specified in the DOE manual, Appendix 0524 for individuals in uncontrolled areas. The average gross alpha concentrations in the perimeter and remote monitoring systems were both 0.03 percent of the concentration guide for a mixture of uranium isotopes. The environmental concentrations tabulated are all at least a thousand times less than the applicable DOE concentration guides for the radionuclides detected. The concentration of Iodine-131 measured by the perimeter air monitoring system was <0.01 percent of the inhalation concentration guide for individuals in uncontrolled areas. While some radioactivity was released to the atmosphere, measurements in the Oak Ridge area show that environmental levels were well below established standards. Environmental air samples were taken for the determination of fluorides, suspended particulates, and sulfur dioxide which are nonradioactive. Air monitoring data for these indicated that average environmental concentrations of particulates and sulfur dioxide were in compliance with applicable standards during calendar year 1978. Fluoride concentrations exceeded the standards on two occasions. However, the concentration of fluorides at Station F-6, five miles from Oak Ridge Operations, indicated that the ambient fluoride background levels may be generally high in the area and makes interpretation of the incremental addition from Oak Ridge Operations somewhat difficult. Figures of air, vegetation, and soil sampling locations and station sites for the remote air monitoring system are included. Tables of continuous air monitoring data and data for discharges of radioactivity to the atmosphere are also included.

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