Tritium Concentrations in Northeast Georgia Rainwater
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Rainwater has been measured for tritium content in Georgia near the Savannah River Site and the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, which are located on the banks of the Savannah River in South Carolina, and Georgia respectively. The measurements are part of routine long-term environmental monitoring program performed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Results obtained over several years show a gradual decrease in tritium concentrations, associated with reduced tritium release by reactors and tritium production facilities at the Savannah River Site. The information is used to indicate possible sources of tritium in groundwater and in surface waters other than the Savannah River, and to estimate radiation doses to persons in the environment.