We report a high sensitivity study of actinides content in water and sediment matrices performed for the first time along the Garigliano river, near the nuclear power plant currently undergoing decommissioning, and in the marine environment surrounding the river mouth up to a depth of 100 m. Ultrasensitive accelerator mass spectrometry measurements were carried out to estimate the absolute values of 236U, 238U, 239Pu, and 240Pu concentrations and 236U/238U, and 239Pu/240Pu ratios. The accuracy of the measurements and the spatial distribution of the radionuclides enable us to discriminate the anthropogenic from the natural radionuclide’s contribution to the environmental radioactivity. The results indicate that the contribution to the anthropogenic contamination of past power plant operations is, in most of the examined environmental compartments, negligible compared to fallout. High resolution γ-ray spectrometry measurements for 137Cs and 40K show interesting correlations with the actinides results.

Ultrasensitive Radionuclide Analysis in Water and Sediments for Environmental Radiological Assessment near the Decommissioning Garigliano Nuclear Power Plant (Italy)

Marzaioli, Fabio;Sabbarese, Carlo;D’Onofrio, Antonio;Porzio, Giuseppe;Buompane, Raffaele;Terrasi, Filippo
2022

Abstract

We report a high sensitivity study of actinides content in water and sediment matrices performed for the first time along the Garigliano river, near the nuclear power plant currently undergoing decommissioning, and in the marine environment surrounding the river mouth up to a depth of 100 m. Ultrasensitive accelerator mass spectrometry measurements were carried out to estimate the absolute values of 236U, 238U, 239Pu, and 240Pu concentrations and 236U/238U, and 239Pu/240Pu ratios. The accuracy of the measurements and the spatial distribution of the radionuclides enable us to discriminate the anthropogenic from the natural radionuclide’s contribution to the environmental radioactivity. The results indicate that the contribution to the anthropogenic contamination of past power plant operations is, in most of the examined environmental compartments, negligible compared to fallout. High resolution γ-ray spectrometry measurements for 137Cs and 40K show interesting correlations with the actinides results.
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