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Isotopic evidence of natural uranium and spent fuel uranium releases into the environment

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Abstract

Uranium and plutonium isotopes were measured in soils, sediments and waters in an area subject to the past and present discharges from the uranium conversion plant of Malvési (France). The isotopes 236U and 239Pu are well known activation products of uranium and they prove to be powerful tracers of spent fuel releases in soils and sediments. On the other hand 234U and 238U activities measured in waters can be used to distinguish between releases and background uranium sources. Such findings contribute to improve the monitoring of the actinides releases by nuclear fuel facilities (mining sites, conversion, enrichment and fuel plants, reprocessing plants).

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Submitted
06 Aug 2010
Accepted
11 Nov 2010
First published
03 Dec 2010

J. Environ. Monit., 2011,13, 355-361
Article type
Paper

Isotopic evidence of natural uranium and spent fuel uranium releases into the environment

L. Pourcelot, B. Boulet, C. Le Corre, J. Loyen, C. Fayolle, D. Tournieux, W. Van Hecke, B. Martinez and J. Petit, J. Environ. Monit., 2011, 13, 355
DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00407C

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