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Levels of C-14 in the terrestrial environment in the vicinity of two European nuclear power plants

Magnusson, Åsa LU ; Stenström, Kristina LU ; Skog, Göran LU ; Adliene, D; Adlys, G; Hellborg, Ragnar LU ; Olariu, A; Zakaria, Mohamad LU ; Rääf, Christopher LU and Mattsson, Sören LU (2004) In Radiocarbon 46(2). p.863-868
Abstract
Radiocarbon is produced in all types of nuclear reactors. Most of the C-14 released into the environment is in the form of gaseous emissions. Recent data on the C-14 concentration found in terrestrial samples taken in the vicinity of nuclear power plants in Romania and Lithuania are presented. We found increased C-14 levels in the surroundings of both power plants. At the Romanian power plant Cernavoda, we found excess levels of C-14 in grass within a distance of about 1000 in, the highest C-14 specific activity being 311 Bq/kg C (approximately 28% above the contemporary C-14 background) found at a distance of 200 in from the point of release (nearest sampling location). At the Lithuanian power plant Ignalina, samples of willow, pine, and... (More)
Radiocarbon is produced in all types of nuclear reactors. Most of the C-14 released into the environment is in the form of gaseous emissions. Recent data on the C-14 concentration found in terrestrial samples taken in the vicinity of nuclear power plants in Romania and Lithuania are presented. We found increased C-14 levels in the surroundings of both power plants. At the Romanian power plant Cernavoda, we found excess levels of C-14 in grass within a distance of about 1000 in, the highest C-14 specific activity being 311 Bq/kg C (approximately 28% above the contemporary C-14 background) found at a distance of 200 in from the point of release (nearest sampling location). At the Lithuanian power plant Ignalina, samples of willow, pine, and spruce showed a C-14 excess of similar magnitude, while significantly higher values were found in moss samples. The samples were analyzed at the accelerator mass spectrometry facility in Lund, Sweden. (Less)
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  author       = {Magnusson, Åsa and Stenström, Kristina and Skog, Göran and Adliene, D and Adlys, G and Hellborg, Ragnar and Olariu, A and Zakaria, Mohamad and Rääf, Christopher and Mattsson, Sören},
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  pages        = {863--868},
  publisher    = {Arizona Board of Regents (University of Arizona)},
  series       = {Radiocarbon},
  title        = {Levels of C-14 in the terrestrial environment in the vicinity of two European nuclear power plants},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {2004},
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