RADIOACTIVE MONITORING OF OFFSHORE NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS

As the fossil fuel shortage deepens, the role of nuclear energy in the electrical power structure of the world must increase. To date, all nuclear power stations have been constructed on land. However, plans for siting such facilities on the Inner Continental Shelves are well advanced. Among parameters pertinent to site selection are myriad environmental concerns, including radiation monitoring. This paper describes new underwater instrumentation designed to measure radioactive components in the surficial marine sediments. The instruments consist of (1) a rapid bottom scanning device, which detects gross gamma radiation on the seafloor; (2) a static detector for specific isotope identification which is lowered to the seafloor while on station and (3) a shipboard analysis system for data retrieval and processing. To date, these instruments have field tested in investigations of naturally-occurring radioactivity associated with heavy mineral sands and marine phosphorites. The same equipment can be used for evaluations of offshore nuclear power station sites prior to construction as well as for routine monitoring during plant operations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Georgia, Athens

    College of Business Administration
    Athens, GA  USA  30602
  • Authors:
    • Noakes, J E
    • Harding, J L
    • Spaulding, J
    • Hill, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Accession Number: 00098176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Georgia, Athens
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM