Title: Dissolved radionuclide in the industrial effluent of uranium facilities, Jaduguda, India

Authors: N.K. Sethy; V.N. Jha; A.K. Sutar; P. Rath; P.M. Ravi; R.M. Tripathi

Addresses: Environmental Survey Laboratory, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Jaduguda 832102, Jhrakhand, India ' Environmental Survey Laboratory, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Jaduguda 832102, Jhrakhand, India ' Department of Chemistry, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha, India ' School of Applied Sciences, KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India ' Environmental Survey Laboratory, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Jaduguda 832102, Jhrakhand, India ' Environmental Survey Laboratory, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Jaduguda 832102, Jhrakhand, India

Abstract: Dissolved radionuclides in the effluent of uranium mining industry were studied. Activity concentrations of uranium and radium were estimated in effluent water from different uranium mines and mill tailings ponds. The concentrations of U and 226Ra in untreated effluent water were found to be elevated. The concentrations of dissolved radionuclides in the adjacent aquatic streams and river were found to be of low range. The waste management technology used for removal process of dissolved radionuclides in the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) is found to be effective.

Keywords: dissolved radionuclides; industrial effluent; uranium facilities; India; radium; uranium mining; low radiation; mill tailings; waste management; wastewater treatment; radionuclide removal.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLR.2014.060910

International Journal of Low Radiation, 2014 Vol.9 No.3, pp.189 - 198

Available online: 06 May 2014

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