A Comparison of the Distribution of Industrially Released 238Pu and Fallout 239,240Pu in Temperate, Northern United States Soils1
- James J. Alberts,
- Charles M. Bobula and
- 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.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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