History of mercury use and environmental contamination at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.

  title={History of mercury use and environmental contamination at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.},
  author={Scott C Brooks and George R Southworth},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  volume={159 1},
Between 1950 and 1963 approximately 11 million kilograms of mercury (Hg) were used at the Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12 NSC) for lithium isotope separation processes. About 3% of the Hg was lost to the air, soil and rock under facilities, and East Fork Poplar Creek (EFPC) which originates in the plant site. Smaller amounts of Hg were used at other Oak Ridge facilities with similar results. Although the primary Hg discharges from Y-12 NSC stopped in 1963, small amounts of Hg… CONTINUE READING
21 Citations
53 References
Similar Papers


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 21 extracted citations


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 53 references

Investigation of Subsurface Mercury at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, ORNL/TM-9092

  • E. R. Rothschild, R. R. Turner, +4 authors H. J. Wyrick
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
  • 1984
Highly Influential
5 Excerpts

Sources of Mercury to East Fork Poplar Creek Downstream from the Y-12 National Security Complex: Inventories and Export Rates, ORNL/TM-2009/231

  • G. R. Southworth, M. S. Greeley, M. J. Peterson, K. Lowe, R. H. Ketelle
  • 2010
Highly Influential
3 Excerpts

Bioaccumulation factors for mercury in stream fish

  • G. R. Southworth, M. J. Peterson, M. A. Bogle
  • Environmental Practice
  • 2004
Highly Influential
3 Excerpts

Response of mercury in fish to decreased aqueous concentrations and loading of inorganic mercury in a small stream

  • G. R. Southworth, R. R. Turner, M. J. Peterson, M. A. Bogle, M. G. Ryon
  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • 2000
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

Mercury Analysis of Fish, Water, and Mud Samples Collected in the Oak Ridge Area, Y/HG-0091/1

  • Sanders
  • 1970
Highly Influential
2 Excerpts

Biogeochemical mercury methylation in fl uenced by reservoir eutrophication , Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir , Idaho , USA

  • B. D. Hall, G. R. Aiken, D. P. Krabbenhoft, M. Marvin-DiPasquale, C. M. Swarzenski
  • Chemical Geology
  • 2009

Mercury distribution in Poplar Creek

  • K. R. Campbell, C. J. Ford, D. A. Levine
  • Oak Ridge,
  • 2009

Recalling the Y-12 COLEX (Column Exchange

  • D. R. Smith
  • Process. The Oak Ridger,
  • 2009
1 Excerpt

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…