Plutonium in drinking water: effects of chlorination on its maximum permissible concentration

Science  15 Sep 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4360, pp. 1008-1009
DOI: 10.1126/science.684421


Soluble plutonium is oxidized to the Pi(VI) oxidation state by chlorine during water treatment. Under certain conditions Pi(VI) is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It appears that due consideration has not been given to the effect that the presence of plutonium in this oxidation state may have on the maximum permissible concentration of plutonium in drinking water.