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Main Title Animal investigation program 1973 annual report : Nevada Test Site and vicinity /
Author Smith, Donald D. ; Giles, K. R. ; Bernhardt., D. E.
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Author Title of a Work
Giles, Kenneth R.
Bernhardt, David E.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas, Nev. Environmental Monitoring and Support Lab.;Energy Research and Development Administration.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory, Monitoring Systems Research and Development Division ; Available from the National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1977
Report Number EMSL-LV-0539-3; EY-76-A-08-0539
Stock Number EMSL-LV-0539-3
OCLC Number 36874664
Subjects Radioactive fallout--Nevada ; Dairy cattle--Nevada ; Animals ; Plants ; Radioisotopes in the body ; Tissues--Analysis ; Wildlife
Additional Subjects Cesium 137 ; Iodine 131 ; Nevada test site ; Plutonium 238 ; Plutonium 239 ; Potassium 40 ; Tritium ; Uranium 234 ; Uranium 235 ; Uranium 238 ; Wild animals ; Cattle ; Environment ; Environmental transport ; Radiation monitoring ; Radioactivity ; Radionuclide kinetics ; Radionuclide migration ; Sampling ; Terrestrial ecosystems ; Tissues ; ERDA/510302 ; ERDA/560162 ; ERDA/510500 ; ERDA/510101 ; Bioaccumulation
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Collation 1 volume (various pagings) : maps ; 28 cm
Data are presented from the radioanalysis of tissues collected from cattle, deer, desert bighorn sheep, and other wildlife that resided on or near the Nevada Test Site during 1973. Routine activities and special investigations are discussed. Iodine-131 was detected in the thyroid of a Nevada Test Site mule deer. The postulated source was worldwide fallout from a nuclear detonation conducted by the People's Republic of China. Other than the naturally occurring potassium-40, cesium-137 was the only gamma-emitting radionuclide detected with any consistency in soft tissues. Nine muscle samples from the Nevada Test Site beef herd contained levels of cesium-137 ranging from 14 to 50 pCi/kilogram. Muscle from two deer contained 20 and 30 pCi/kilogram. Rabbit muscle contained 200 pCi/kilogram and muscle from a feral horse contained 40 pCi/kilogram. Tritium levels in all animal tissues sampled were at background except for animals residing at the Area 15 farm and for a feral horse. Postulated sources of these exposures are discussed. The strontium content in bones continued the downward trend observed during recent years. (ERA citation 02:049789)
"Published May 1977." "EMSL-LV-0539-3." "This research was performed as a part of the Animal Investigation Program under a memorandum of understanding no. EY-76-A-08-0539 for the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration." Cover title. Includes bibliographical references.