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Author Iranzo, E. ♦ Salvador, S. ♦ Iranzo, C. E.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ♦ MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE ♦ ENVIRONMENT ♦ FISSION PRODUCT RELEASE ♦ RADIATION MONITORING ♦ HUMAN POPULATIONS ♦ DOSE EQUIVALENTS ♦ PLUTONIUM 239 ♦ RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION ♦ PLUTONIUM 240 ♦ SPAIN ♦ ACCIDENTS ♦ AIR POLLUTION ♦ CONTAMINATION ♦ NUCLEAR WEAPONS ♦ REMEDIAL ACTION ♦ ACTINIDE ISOTOPES ♦ ACTINIDE NUCLEI ♦ ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES ♦ DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ♦ ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION ♦ EUROPE ♦ EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI ♦ EVEN-ODD NUCLEI ♦ HEAVY NUCLEI ♦ ISOTOPES ♦ MONITORING ♦ NUCLEI ♦ PLUTONIUM ISOTOPES ♦ POLLUTION ♦ POPULATIONS ♦ RADIOISOTOPES ♦ WEAPONS ♦ WESTERN EUROPE ♦ YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES ♦ Environment, Atmospheric- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- (-1989) ♦ Explosions & Explosives- Nuclear- Weaponry- (-1989)
Abstract On 17 January 1966, an accident during a refueling operation resulted in the destruction of an air force KC-135 tanker and a B-52 bomber carrying four thermonuclear weapons. Two weapons, whose parachutes opened, were found intact. The others experienced non-nuclear explosion with some burning and release of the fissile fuel at impact. Joint efforts by the United States and Spain resulted in remedial action and a long-term program to monitor the effectiveness of the cleanup. Air concentrations of /sup 239/Pu and /sup 240/Pu have been continuously monitored since the accident. The average annual air concentration for each location was used to estimate committed dose equivalents for individuals living and working around the air sampling stations. The average annual /sup 239/Pu and /sup 240/Pu air concentrations during the 15-y period corresponding to 1966-1980 and the potential committed dose equivalents for various tissues due to the inhalation of the /sup 239/Pu and /sup 240/Pu average annual air concentration during this period are shown and discussed in the report.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1987-04-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Health Phys.
Volume Number 4
Organization Junta de Energia Nuclear, Madrid, Spain


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