Radiological Impact of Tritium from Gaseous Effluent Releases at Cook Nuclear Power Plant

Joshua Allan Young, Purdue University


The purpose of this study was to investigate the washout of tritiated water by snow and rain from gaseous effluent releases at Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant. Primary concepts studied were determination of washout coefficients for rainfall and snowfall; correlations between rainfall and snow fall tritium concentrations with tritium concentrations in the spent fuel pool, reactor cooling systems, and tritium release rates; and calculations of received doses from the process of recapture. The dose calculations are under the assumption of a maximally exposed individual to get the most conservative estimate of the effect that washout of tritiated water has on individuals around the plant site. This study is in addition to previous work that has been conducted at Cook Nuclear Power Plant for several years. The calculated washout coefficients were typically within the range of 1x10-7s -1 to 1x10-5s-1. A strong correlation between tritium concentration within the spent fuel pool and the tritium release rates was determined.




Harris, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Nuclear engineering|Public health|Environmental science

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