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Radioanalytical Technology for 10 CFR Part 61 and Other Selected Radionuclides: Literature Review (NUREG/CR-6230, PNL-9444)

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Manuscript Completed: January 1996
Date Published:
March 1996

Prepared by:
C.W. Thomas, V.W. Thomas, D.E. Robertson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington 99352
Operated by Battelle Memorial Institute

P.R. Reed, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Regulatory Applications
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code L1808

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Abstract

A comprehensive literature review and assessment was conducted to identify and evaluate radioanalytical technology and procedures used for measuring 10 CFR 61 radionuclides and other long-lived isotopes. This review evaluated radiochemical procedures currently in use at a number of laboratories in the United States, as well as identifying new advanced methods and techniques which could be adapted for routine radiochemical analyses of low-level radioactive waste.The 10 CFR 61 radionuclides include 14C, 60Co, 59,63Ni, 90Sr, 94Nb, 99Tc, 129I, 137Cs, and TRU Isotopes with half-lives greater than five years. The other low-level radionuclides of interest include 7,10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, 93Mo, 109,113mCd, and 121m,126Sn, which may be present in various types of waste streams from nuclear power stations.

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