SREL Reprint #0625

 

 

 

Impacts of Thermal Effluents From Nuclear Reactors on Southeastern Ecosystems

Rebecca R. Sharitz and J. Whitfield Gibbons

 

Abstract

The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Plant (SRP) near Aiken, South Carolina provides a unique situation for research into the environmental effects and phenomena associated with the release of high temperature effluents from nuclear production reactors.  Reservoirs and streams with surface temperatures above production reactors.  Reservoirs and streams with surface temperatures above 60°C, moderately warmed swamps and lakes, and other aquatic areas that have received hot water continually for 25 years occur on the site.  This paper summarizes some of the studies in thermal ecology conducted on the SRP which have revealed both detrimental and beneficial effects to the environment.

 

SREL Reprint #0625

Sharitz, R.R. and J.W. Gibbons. 1979. Impacts of thermal effluents from nuclear reactors on southeastern ecosystems. In Changing Energy Use Futures, edited by R.A. Fazzolare and C.B. Smith. p. 609-616. Vol. Volume II. Pergamon Press. New York.

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