Cold Weather Decontamination Study - McCoy I
ARMY NUCLEAR EFFECTS LAB EDGEWOOD ARSENAL MD
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A series of decontamination tests, limited by improper weather conditions, was conducted using techniques of snow plowing, power sweeping, and fire hosing. The following evidence, based on the fragmentary information obtained during this test series, should be considered tentative and subject to change. The decontamination techniques of grading, sweeping, and hosing on applicable cold weather surfaces are less effective than the same techniques on corresponding temperate-weather surfaces. Mechanized sweeping and vacuum sweeping of packed snow an frozen soil are effective decontamination techniques. The possibly unique decontamination technique of water hosing packed snow and frozen soil is apparently without merit. Radiation dosage was kept to a minimum by the experimenters and no residual dosage problems were encountered. Normal camp activities were resumed 30 days after the conclusion of the testing period.
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products