Accession Number:

ADA383723

Title:

Environmental Contamination from a Nuclear Reactor at the Nevada Test Site

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

After the test of the Kiwi-A reactor on 1 July 1959, the environmental contamination from the effluent was assessed. The fallout pattern was very narrow and extended on an approximate bearing of 350 degrees from the test cell, Area 400, NTS. The maximum level of contamination 16.2 microncft to the 2 at H 12 hrs was measured at approximately 1.5 miles. The total activity associated with the smaller Size fractions increased significantly, and there was a corresponding decrease in the activity of the larger size fractions with increase in distance from the test cell. The beta radiation decay slopes deviated appreciably more from the T to the -l.2 decay expression than previously observed slopes of fallout materials collected from weapons test activities. This variability indicated fractionation.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE