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Main Title Iodine-129 in the Environment Around a Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant.
Author Magn, Paul J. ; Reave, Thomas C. ; Apidianaki, John C. ;
CORP Author Office of Radiation Programs, Washington, D.C. Field Operations Div.
Year Published 1972
Report Number ORP/SID-72-5;
Stock Number PB-220 811
Additional Subjects ( Pollution ; Iodine isotopes) ; ( Air pollution ; Nuclear fuel reprocessing) ; ( Water pollution ; Nuclear fuel reprocessing) ; ( Radioactive isotopes ; Pollution) ; Measurement ; Radiation hazards ; Chemical analysis ; Path of pollutants ; West Valley(New York) ; Iodine 129
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-220 811 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 35p
Discharges of iodine-129 to the environment from the operations of the nuclear industry are of particular interest because of the 17 million year half-life of iodine-129 and its ability to enter into the food chain and subsequently concentrate in the human thyroid. Because of its long half-life, discharged iodine-129 becomes a permanent contaminant in the environment and as a result represents a potential long-term public health problem which must be studied to determine its magnitude. The report discusses measurements taken concerning the ratio of the activity of iodine-129 to the weight of stable iodine in the environment around the Nuclear Fuel Services' reprocessing plant in West Valley, N.Y. The results of this study indicate a need for control of iodine-129 discharges from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants and surveillance programs to evaluate the environmental buildup of this radionuclide. Analytical procedures for determination of iodine-129 by neutron activation analysis and by liquid scintillation counting are included.