Low-level radioactive-waste burial at the Palos Forest Preserve, Illinois; geology and hydrology of the glacial drift, as related to the migration of tritium

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Authors:Olimpio, J. C.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geol. Surv., United States
Source:U. S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper, No.W2226, 34p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States. ISSN: 0083-1131
Publication Date:1984
Note:In English. 14 refs.
Summary:A tritium plume is migrating through glacial drift beneath the world's first low-level radioactive-waste burial site near Chicago, Ill. The front of the plume has moved 40 meters downward through the drift to the underlying dolomite bedrock. Since 1973, tritium concentration levels up to 14 nanocuries per liter have been measured in water samples collected from a forest preserve bedrock well 360 meters downgradient from the burial site. The principal factors that limit tritium migration beneath the burial site are the small volume of buried tritiated waste and the thickness, density, and low hydraulic conductivity of the drift.
Subjects:Clastic sediments; Drift; Engineering geology; Environmental geology; Geochemistry; Ground water; Hydraulic conductivity; Hydrogen; Hydrology; Isotopes; Low-level waste; Migration; Permeability; Pollution; Porosity; Radioactive isotopes; Radioactive waste; Sediments; Storage; Surveys; Tritium; USGS; Waste disposal; Cook County Illinois; Illinois; United States; Palos Forest Preserve
Coordinates:N414100 N414300 W0875200 W0875500
Record ID:1984015806
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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