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Annual Variations of 14C Concentration in the Tree Rings in the Vicinity of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 July 2018

Žilvinas Ežerinskis*
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Justina Šapolaitė
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Algirdas Pabedinskas
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Laurynas Juodis
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Andrius Garbaras
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Evaldas Maceika
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Rūta Druteikienė
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
Darius Lukauskas
Affiliation:
State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate, A. Goštauto str. 12, LT-01108 Vilnius, Lithuania
Vidmantas Remeikis
Affiliation:
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
*Corresponding
*Corresponding author. Email: zilvinas.ezerinskis@ftmc.lt.

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the radiocarbon (14C) concentration changes over the whole operational period of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) including the post-shutdown decommissioning. Environmental samples from the vicinity of the INPP and a rural area as background of pine tree rings were analyzed with the single stage accelerator mass spectrometer (SSAMS). The analysis shows the local influence of the INPP from 3 to 7 pMC. The whole time span from 1983 to 2015 is divided into three periods representing the early and late operational and post-shutdown stages of the INPP with different 14C profiles in analyzed samples. The influence of the maintenance of the INPP and radioactive waste management activities are indicated and discussed.

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