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B. Bolton State University College Lake Erie Environmental Studies Program and Department of Chemistry 14063 Fredonia N.Y. (USA)

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Abstract  

In a study conducted in 1971, levels of tritium were found in Cattaraugus-Creek, a stream in Western New York State. This material was attributed to the operation in West Valley, New York of the world's first commercial nuclear fuels reprocessing plant. Several fission fragment isotopes in addition to tritium were also observed in Buttermilk Creek, one of the tributaries of Cattaraugus Creek that runs through the reprocessing plant grounds. The plant ceased processing nuclear fuel in December 1971, and a new set of measurements in these streams were made to assess the effect of the ending of the plant's operation. Substantially lower concentrations of tritium and no fission produced isotopes have been observed.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)