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Title: Pinellas Plant feasibility study. Final report

The Pinellas Plant was built in 1956 to manufacture neutron generators, a principal component in nuclear weapons. In September 1990, the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) entered into an agreement with DOE to independently examine environmental monitoring data from the plant and health data from Pinellas County to determine if an epidemiological study is technically feasible to measure possible off-site health effects from ionizing radiation. Through normal plant operations, some radioactive materials have been released to the environment. Eighty percent of the total plant releases of 107,707 curies occurred in the early years of plant operation (1957--1960). The primary materials released were tritium gas, tritium oxide and krypton-85. Environmental monitoring for radioactive releases from the plant has been done regularly since 1975. The US Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in assisting HRS, has determined that sufficient radiological data exist by which a dose reconstruction can be done. A dose reconstruction can provide an estimate of how much radiological exposure someone living in the vicinity of the Pinellas Plant may have suffered from environmental releases.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
392801
Report Number(s):
DOE/AL/66151--1
ON: DE97000632; TRN: 97:000082
DOE Contract Number:
FG04-90AL66151
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Sep 1994
Research Org:
Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee, FL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; PINELLAS PLANT; RADIATION HAZARDS; HUMAN POPULATIONS; RADIATION DOSES; PROGRESS REPORT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; EPIDEMIOLOGY; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; RADIOACTIVE AEROSOLS; COMPILED DATA