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United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries

Radiochemistry Policies & Procedures Manual


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The following material is intended for research purposes only. Neither Washington State University nor the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries may be held responsible for unauthorized changes and/or use of this material.


The United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) began with the establishment of the National Plutonium Registry in 1968 by the Atomic Energy Commission. The program name was changed in 1970 to reflect a broader interest in transuranic elements. A similar program was created in 1978 to study the uranium decay series and was named the United States Uranium Registry. Analytical support for the registries was provided by Rocky Flats from 1968 until 1987, Pacific Northwest Laboratory from 1968 until 1978, and Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1971 until 1993. Responsibility for the Registries was transferred to Washington State University in February 1992 at which time the two registries were joined as the USTUR.

Authorship of these procedures is listed as USTUR Radiochemistry Staff. Appropriate citation of original LANL methods is included in each section. Modification and additions to LANL procedures and new procedures/methods were written by Jim Elliston, Roy Filby, Sam Glover, Cathy Grimm, Suzanne Love, Hongguo Qu, Dorothy Stuit, Gail Deckert, Sergei Tolmachev, and Fred Miller.

This manual represents the third edition of the USTUR Radiochemical Analysis Procedures Manual.  All previous editions shall be immediately superseded by this edition.

Table of Contents

Procedure # Title
USTUR001 Forward
USTUR010 Chain of Custody, Sample Number Assignment, and Sample Storage
USTUR020 Handling Biohazardous Material
USTUR025 Radiation Safety Authorization
USTUR030 Document Control and Record Storage
USTUR050 Radiochemical Analysis Form Description
USTUR070 Preparation of Tracers and Tracking Standard Solutions
USTUR080 Cleaning of Labware
USTUR100 Tissue Ashing, Sample Dissolution, Sample Aliquot Selection, and Tracer Addition for Anion Exchange Isolation of Radionuclides
USTUR140 Sample Aliquot selection for Radiochemical Analysis
USTUR150 Pre-concentration of Plutonium and Americium from Tissue Samples
USTUR200 Anion Exchange Isolation of Plutonium from Prepared Tissue Solutions
USTUR210 Removal of Plutonium from Samples to be Analyzed for Americium only
USTUR220 Separation and Purification of Plutonium from Americium in Pre-concentrated Samples
USTUR300 Anion Exchange Isolation of Americium from Prepared Tissue Solutions
USTUR310 Separation and Purification of Americium from Pre-concentrated Tissue Solutions
USTUR400 Anion Exchange Isolation of Uranium from Prepared Tissue Solutions
USTUR500 Electrodeposition of Americium, Plutonium, Thorium and Uranium
USTUR510 Electrodeposition of Americium, Plutonium, Thorium and Uranium
USTUR600 Alpha Spectrometry Measurement for Radionuclides of Americium, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thorium
USTUR620 Routine Energy Calibration, Efficiency Calibration, Background Counts
USTUR630 Preparation of Secondary Sources
USTUR640 Decontamination of Alpha Spectroscopy Units
USTUR650 Alpha Spectroscopy Acquisition Procedure for Relative Analysis
USTUR660 Alpha Spectroscopy Acquisition Procedure for Absolute Analysis
USTUR700 Measurement of Actinium in Tissue Samples by Gamma Spectroscopy
USTUR710 Measurement of Isotopic Th by Radiochemical Neutron Activation Analysis
(old procedure: no longer in use)
USTUR800 Quality Assurance Plan
USTUR810 Laboratory Surveys for Removable Contamination
USTUR900 Manufacturers and Suppliers of USTUR Equipment
USTUR1000 Waste Management
USTUR1050 Radioactive Waste Manangement


Archived Procedures (1992-2009) - no longer in use

Procedure # Title
USTUR105 Dry Ashing of Tissues
USTUR110 Wet Ashing of Tissues
USTUR115 Dissolution of Sample Ash
USTUR120 Hydrofluoric Acid Digestion of Soft Tissues
USTUR125 Sample Fusion using Potassium Fluoride
USTUR820 Radioactive Liquid Waste Disposal
USTUR1010 Leaching Procedure for Radioanalysis of Incinerator Ash


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