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Title: A survey of the Maralinga Atomic Weapons Testing Range for residual plutonium contamination
Authors: Ellis, WR
Keywords: Plutonium
Plutonium dioxide
Radiation monitoring
Issue Date: Jun-1979
Publisher: Australian Atomic Energy Commission
Citation: Ellis, W. R. (1979). A survey of the maralinga atomic weapons testing range for residual plutonium contamination (AAEC/E476). Lucas Heights, N.S.W.: Research Establishment, Australian Atomic Energy Commission.
Abstract: Residual plutonium levels in soil, flora, fauna and the air of the Maralinga (South Australia) Atomic Weapons Testing Range are presented and discussed. It is shown that only on rare occassions (and possibly never) would the plutonium concentration in air from wind resuspended dust exceed the maximum allowable concentration for continuous exposure of the general public. In the case of artificially resuspended dust, this maximum concentration could be exceeded for short periods, but the accompanying dust level would be such that working conditions would be uncomfortable, if not intolerable. Potential hazards from other possible exposure routes are so low that they are of no consequence.
Gov't Doc #: 86
ISBN: 0642596689
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