Accession Number:

AD0420340

Title:

Operation Sun Beam, Shots Little Feller I, II, Johnie Boy, and Small Boy. Project Officers Report - Project 7.17. Radiological Water Decontamination Study

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1963-04-29

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

This study showed that 1 The solubility of radioactive debris increased with a decrease in pH and an increase in temperature, but the change was not significant in the pH and temperature variations for normal drinking water supplies. 2 The solubility of radioactive debris was not markedly affected by contact time. 3 The solubility of radioactive debris was significant enough to require water demineralization to produce drinking water within the acceptable one year and one month drinking water tolerance levels. 4 Radioactive debris from surface detonations can be colloidal and remain in suspension in water for extended periods of time and be readily transported to downstream water sources and 5 Emergency type water purification methods such as filtration through clay and paper, batch coagulation, filtration through a cellulose filter disc, and molded filter candles effectively reduced radioactive contaminants to short range less than 30 days drinking water tolerance levels.

Subject Categories:

  • Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE