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Contamination of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station with actinide elements

Koma, Yoshikazu; Murakami, Erina

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which is owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, suffered from the great earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011, and serious contamination with radioactive nuclides occurred. To investigate methodologies of waste management, contaminated materials have been radiochemically analyzed. This paper reviews the analytical data for actinide elements. Actinide nuclides are detected in the contaminated water. The contaminated water is chemically decontaminated, although actinide concentration does not decrease with time. This suggests that actinides come from the damaged fuel with slow dissolution. From the topsoil at the site, Pu, Am and Cm were detected and come from the damaged fuel, whereas U from natural. TRU would slowly move to deeper. Contamination of rubble is nonuniform and actinides are detected as well as fission products. For vegetation, TRU nuclides were found from fallen leaves near the reactor buildings.

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