Radiocarbon signal of a low and intermediate level radioactive waste disposal facility in nearby trees

R. Janovics, D. I. Kelemen, Z. Kern, S. Kapitány, M. Veres, A. J.T. Jull, M. Molnár

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Abstract

Tree ring series were collected from the vicinity of a Hungarian radioactive waste treatment and disposal facility and from a distant control background site, which is not influenced by the radiocarbon discharge of the disposal facility but it represents the natural regional 14C level. The 14C concentration of the cellulose content of tree rings was measured by AMS. Data of the tree ring series from the disposal facility was compared to the control site for each year. The results were also compared to the 14C data of the atmospheric 14C monitoring stations at the disposal facility and to international background measurements. On the basis of the results, the excess radiocarbon of the disposal facility can unambiguously be detected in the tree from the repository site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Volume153
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • AMS
  • LILW
  • Radiocarbon excess
  • Tree ring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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