|SREL Reprint #0625|
Impacts of Thermal Effluents From Nuclear Reactors on
R. Sharitz and J. Whitfield Gibbons
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.