Operation Roller Coaster. Project Officers Report - Project 2.8. Off-Site Survey
SOUTHWESTERN RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH LAB LAS VEGAS NV
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Operation Roller Coaster was a joint United States and United Kingdom experiment to determine plutonium hazards from accidents with plutonium bearing weapons. Four chemical detonations involved such weapons. The U. S. Public Health Service, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission and in conjunction with Project Roller Coaster, provided off- site radiological health surveillance. Detectable quantities of plutonium were released to off-site locations, but contamination levels did not present a significant hazard. Sampling methods are described and discussed with recommendations. The biological significance of plutonium is related to hazard evaluation. Certain recommendations are discussed for emergency procedures in the event of an accident.