Retention of Plutonium and Americium by Rock

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Science  03 Jun 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4294, pp. 1087-1089
DOI: 10.1126/science.196.4294.1087-a


The relative migration ratio of plutonium in various rocks is approximately 100 micrometers per meter of waterflow; the corresponding migration ratio for americium is about 500 micrometers per meter of water flow. Under these conditions radioactive decay will have taken place to such an extent that little plutonium and americium can reach the external environment from a well-designed and isolated geological repository site.