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Main Title Preliminary data on the occurrence of transuranium nuclides in the environment at the radioactive waste burial site, Maxey flats, Kentucky /
Author Meyer, G. Lewis.
CORP Author Office of Radiation Programs, Washington, D.C.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Radiation Programs,
Year Published 1976
Report Number EPA 520-3-75-021
Stock Number PB-258 164
OCLC Number 29202176
Subjects Radioactive waste disposal in the ground--Environmental aspects--Kentucky ; Transuranium elements ; Nuclides
Additional Subjects Radioactive wastes ; Plutonium ; Water pollution ; Hydrogeology ; Radioactive isotopes ; Soil water ; Radioactivity ; Water wells ; Streams ; Drainage ; Geologic structures ; Monitoring ; Fluid infiltration ; Runoff ; Fallout ; Subsurface drainage ; Sampling ; Kentucky ; Maxey Flats(Kentucky) ; Path of pollutants ; Fleming County(Kentucky)
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 520-3-75-021 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
NTIS  PB-258 164 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation x, 72 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Between 1963 and 1974, approximately 104,000 cu m of solid 'low-level' radioactive waste were buried at the Maxey Flats, Kentucky, site. These wastes contained approximately 80 kg of plutonium-239 and a large undetermined quantity of other plutonium isotopes. In 1972, elevated levels of radioactivity were detected in monitoring samples collected near the burial facility by the Kentucky Department for Human Resources (KDHR). Subsequently, the KDHR conducted a special radiological study of the burial site and its environs. Based on the concentration of plutonium present or the ratio of plutonium-238 to -239, 49 of 50 samples collected on or near the burial site were contaminated with plutonium from a source other than atmospheric fallout. Plutonium was detected in surface soil, in soil cores 90 cm deep, in monitoring wells, and in streams which drain the site. This paper presents the plutonium data with interpretations of its occurrence and possible significance from a hydrogeological and environmental perspective.
"EPA-520/3-75-021"--Cover. "February 1976."