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Environmental Surveillance of the Oak Ridge Reservation and Surrounding Environs During 1985
Subject Terms:
Clinch River, Poplar Creek; ORNL, surveillance; Oak Ridge Reservation; monitoring, sampling; radionuclide, environment; spectrometry, aluminum; uranium, mercury, zinc
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; Science and Technology\Geology, Hydrology, Seismology, Site Studies
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Publication Date:
1986 Apr 30
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Incorporated
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Sep 01
This document concerns an environmental surveillance of the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) and Surrounding Environs during 1985. Fission product radionuclide concentrations were determined by specific radionuclide analysis and gamma spectrometry. Uranium analysis was by the fluorometric method or mass spectrometry. Transuranic alpha emitters were determined by chemical chromatography and alpha spectrometry. Rainwater samples were collected for radioactivity analyses on ORR and at remote locations; activities at the remote stations have been consistently higher than at the perimeter stations. Water samples were collected for analysis of nonradioactive substances at many locations on and off the ORR. Average chemical concentrations on or around the ORNL area were within TDHE criteria, except for mercury and zinc. The average zinc concentration slightly exceeded the criteria at White Oak Creek, and the average mercury concentrations exceeded TDHE criteria at all stations except Melton Hill Dam. The aluminum noncompliances at K-1700 are intermittent conditions that occur occasionally during periods of heavy rainfall and subsequent heavy runoff. To accurately assess the effect of Y-12 Plant operations on the region's ambient air quality, the Y-12 Plant currently has in place a comprehensive plan to upgrade stacks and its air monitoring program. The new NPDES permit issued on May 24, 1985, imposes a variety of environmental monitoring requirements for compliance. Tables and figures are included in this report.

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