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Main Title U.S. "Mussel Watch" Program : transuranic element data from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1976-1983 /
Author Palmieri, Julianne.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Livingston, Hugh.
Farrington, John W.
Publisher The Institution ; [Available from National Technical Information Service],
Year Published 1984
Report Number EPA 950-R-84-019
OCLC Number 29947007
Subjects Mussels--Effect of water pollution on. ; Radioisotopes--Environmental aspects--United States. ; Radioisotopes--United States--Environmental aspects.
Additional Subjects Mussel Watch Project.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EHBD  EPA 950-R-84-019 CEMM/ACESD Library/Narragansett,RI 08/18/2015
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 950-R-84-019 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 07/30/2019
ELBD RPS EPA 950-R-84-019 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/17/2014
ELBD  EPA 950-R-84-019 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 11/15/2013
EMAD  WHO084-28 Region 6 Library/Dallas,TX 08/03/2010
Collation vi, 73 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
"EPA 950-R-84-019." "May 1984." "Technical report." Includes bibliographical references (pages 17-18).
Contents Notes
Bivalves (Mytilus edulis, Mytilus californianus, Crassostrea virginica and Ostrea equestris) were collected once per year during 1976, 1977, and 1978 along the United States coast and analyzed for 239,240 Pu, 241Am and 137Cs as part of the U.S. Mussel Watch program. Monthly samples were collected during 1976-1980 from Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island and Bodega Head, California and analyzed for 239,240 Pu, 241Am, and 137Cs. There is no evidence in the data for systematic regional or local elevated concentrations of radionuclides as a result of releases from the nuclear fuel cycle. Elevated concentrations of 239,240 Pu in mussels from the central California coast are due to uptake from upwelled water fed by North Pacific water which has elevated 239,240 Pu from input of nuclear weapons test fallout. Monthly fluctuations in radionuclide concentrations in the Narragansett Bay mussels appear to be primarily influenced by spawning. The slight monthly fluctuations in the radionuclide concentrations for the Bodega Head mussels are less coherent from year to year compared to Narragansett Bay although 239,240 Pu may be influenced by upwelling season. Limited data on transplants of mussels as well as mussel data from the Ebro estuary on the Spanish coast and from the Irish Sea are also reported.