Chlorine-36 in the Snake River Plain Aquifer at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; origin and implications

Groundwater
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Abstract

Between 1952 and 1984, low-level radioactive waste was introduced directly into the Snake River Plain aquifer at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), Idaho Falls, Idaho. These wastes were generated, principally, at the nuclear fuel reprocessing facility on the site. Our measurements of 36C1 in monitoring and production well waters, downgradient from disposal wells and seepage ponds, found easily detectable, nonhazardous concentrations of this radionuclide from the point of injection to the INEL southern site boundary. Comparisons are made between 3H and 36Cl concentrations in aquifer water and the advantages of 36C1 as a tracer of subsurface-water dynamics at the site are discussed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chlorine-36 in the Snake River Plain Aquifer at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; origin and implications
Series title Groundwater
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1993.tb01822.x
Volume 31
Issue 2
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Description 9 p.
First page 302
Last page 310
Country United States
State Idaho
Other Geospatial Eastern Snake River Plain