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  1. Vol. 9 No. 4, p. 592-596
    Received: June 16, 1979

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A Comparison of the Distribution of Industrially Released 238Pu and Fallout 239,240Pu in Temperate, Northern United States Soils1

  1. James J. Alberts,
  2. Charles M. Bobula III and
  3. David T. Farrar2



Studies of 238Pu dispersed from the stack of a nuclear fabrication facility in southwestern Ohio indicate that the predominant deposition occurs within 8 km of the site. Plutonium-238 from this source exhibits the same relative solubility as 239,240Pu from fallout. Both 238Pu from the facility and 239,240Pu from fallout move downward through the soil column, but 238Pu appears to have moved more slowly. Reasons for this apparent differential behavior are explored.

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