FORMERLY UTILIZED MED/AEC SITES REMEDIAL ACTION PROGRAM. RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD LANDFILL SITE, BURRELL TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA. FINAL REPORT

A radiological survey was conducted at the Pennsylvania Railroad Landfill Site in Burrell Township, Pennsylvania. In 1956 and 1957, approximately 11,600 tons of radioactive material was dumped at this site and was apparently scattered over an area of less than 10 acres. The survey included measurement of the following: external gamma radiation at 1 m above the surface and at the surface throughout the site; beta--gamma dose rates at 1 cm from the surface throughout the site; concentrations of exp 226 Ra and exp 238 U in surface and subsurface soil on the site; concentrations of exp 210 Pb, exp 226 Ra, exp 230 Th, and exp 238 U in subsurface water on the site and in surface water on and near the site; and the extent of atmospheric transport of exp 222 Rn and progeny from the site. The general location of the residues transported to the site, except possibly small, scattered quantities of materials, was determined from the survey. In some areas on the site, beta--gamma dose rates of 1 cm from the surface were above pertinent guidelines.Analyses of sediment from water samples taken from drainage areas near the site indicate that some radioactive material is being carried from the site by surface run-off. Results of this survey indicate that there is no significant atmospheric transport of exp 222 Rn from the site. (ERA citation 04:029417)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Pagination: 115 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00198455
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-26
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM