FAST-RESPONSE ISOTOPIC ALPHA CONTINUOUS AIR MONITOR (CAM) [report]

Keith D. Patch
2000 unpublished
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) must ensure that on-site worker health and safety is not compromised by airborne radioactive contamination. In addition, the DOE must ensure that effluent air and gas streams leaving DOE sites and waste treatment facilities do not negatively impact public safety or health. Alpha-emitting radioisotopes, such as U-238/U-234 and Pu-239, are rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as class A carcinogens. Alphaemitting radioisotopes have very low
more » ... pes have very low regulated upper limits in air and process gas streams. Uranium also has a high chemical toxicity. The development of improved airborne alpha monitoring technology ranks as one of the top priorities of the DOE Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Focus Area, based on the five needs currently listed by various DOE Site Technology Coordinating Groups.
doi:10.2172/772474 fatcat:vhuigi5qffba3pbqxjxdih56rm