A comparison of caesium 137 and 134 activity in sheep remaining on upland areas contaminated by Chernobyl fallout with those removed to less active lowland pasture
Howard, B.J.; Beresford, N.A.; Burrow, L.; Shaw, P.V.; Curtis, E.J.C.. 2000 A comparison of caesium 137 and 134 activity in sheep remaining on upland areas contaminated by Chernobyl fallout with those removed to less active lowland pasture. Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection, 7 (2). 71-73. 10.1088/0260-2814/7/2/003Full text not available from this repository.
Caesium contamination of vegetation in some upland areas of the United Kingdom after the Chernobyl accident remained persistently higher than many anticipated. Consequently, some sheep continued to graze vegetation containing sufficiently high caesium activity to maintain tissue activity above the limits adopted for slaughter in the United Kingdom (1000 Bq kg-1 fresh weight). In this study the caesium activity in lambs remaining on affected upland areas has been compared with that of lambs removed to a lowland site. The former lost very little caesium activity from the end of July to mid-September 1987 owing to the persistently high caesium activity of the pasture. The transfer coefficient to lamb muscle (0.79 day kg-1) was 6 times higher than that previously estimated from lowland field studies. Lambs removed to much less contaminated lowland pasture rapidly lost their Cs activity with an initial biological half life of 10 days.
|Item Type:||Publication - Article|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/0260-2814/7/2/003|
|Programmes:||CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other|
|CEH Sections:||_ Environmental Chemistry & Pollution|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Ecology and Environment|
|Date made live:||14 May 2012 10:23|
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