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The first use of 236U in the general environment and near a shutdown nuclear power plant

Quinto, F.; Steier, P.; Wallner, Gabriele; Wallner, Anton; Froehlich, Michaela; Bichler, Max; Kutschera, Walter; Terrasi, F.; Petraglia, A.; Sabbarese, C.


We present a first effort to investigate 236U in the environment near a shutdown nuclear power plant far away from highly contaminated sites, by using accelerator mass spectrometry. The detection limit of about 1 pg 236U allowed us to identify a minimal increase of the 236U/238U isotopic ratio correlated to a peak of 137Cs in river sediments downstream of the nuclear power plant, and to detect anthropogenic 236U also upstream, where it is probably not related to the power plant but to global...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
DOI: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2009.05.007


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