- Conference date: 10-13 July 2000
- Location: Sante Fe, New Mexico (USA)
Plutonium exists in the environment as a result of the nuclear fuel and weapons cycle and nuclear weapons testing. Carbonate and hydroxide are ubiquitous in the environment while chloride is a principal component in brines such as those native to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site. Thus, the characterization of plutonium complexes formed with and is important for predicting the behavior of plutonium in the environment. Plutonium(VI) is known to form under oxidizing conditions, and we are investigating the structure, solubility and speciation of plutonium(VI) carbonates and hydroxides.
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