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Health Physics Problems Associated with Recent Accidents at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Morgan, K Z [ORNL, Union Carbide Nuclear Co., Union Carbide Corp.]; Morgan, K Z [ORNL, Union Carbide Nuclear Co., Union Carbide Corp.]
Subject Terms:
White Oak Creek Dam; health physics, ORNL; plutonium, Ru-106; problems, Sr-90, Cs-137; radiation, contamination; radioactive, accident
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\Worker Health and Safety
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Publication Date:
1961 Aug 11
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Document Number(s):
CF-61-8-30, Copy 27
Originating Research Org.:
Union Carbide Corporation
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document contains a review given on January 20, 1960, of some of the health physics problems associated with the three contamination accidents at ORNL within a period of three weeks in the fall of 1959. Both accidents 1 and 2 resulted in the release of Ru-106 into the environment. The level of gross B activity increased progressively and reached an emergency level at the outflow from White Oak Creek Dam to the Clinch River, and Health Physics closed the gate of the dam. The gate was reopened after assurances were made. The accident on November 20, 1959, which was considered the most serious in the history of the Laboratory, a small chemical explosion in cell 6 of the Thorex Plant in Building 3019 blew plutonium out into the street and into various buildings. On the night of accident No. 3, many important measures were taken for personnel protection and to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination. Tables and figures are included.

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