SREL Reprint #0616

 

 

 

Comparison of plutonium concentrations in deer from the southeastern United States and in deer from an integrated nuclear fuel cycle facility

M.B. Kirkham1, D.C. Adriano2, and J.C. Corey3

1Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74074
2Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29801
3E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Aiken, SC 29801


Introduction: The uptake of plutonium by animals from weapons-related programs has been studied (Mi76; Pr73; Ha73; Wh74), but data on uptake of plutonium from nuclear fuel cycle facilities are limited. The Savannah River Plant (SRP) is one place for such uptake studies of the resident deer herd. This 780-km2 research and production facility of the U.S. Department of Energy near Aiken, South Carolina, supports a deer herd of about 6000 (Ur72). On the site are three nuclear reactors, two chemical separation plants, and facilities for heavy water production, fuel fabrication and research. This report compares the plutonium contents of deer resident on SRP with deer in neighboring locations and calculates the dose-to-man from ingestion of the deer meat from approx 1000 deer harvested each year during organized hunts.



SREL Reprint #0616


Kirkham, M.B., D.C. Adriano, and J.C. Corey. 1979. Comparison of plutonium concentrations in deer from the southeastern United States and in deer from an integrated nuclear fuel cycle facility. Health Physics 36:516-519.


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