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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-37

Dissolved uranium, 226 Ra in the mine water effluent: A case study in Jaduguda

Department of Atomic Energy, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Health Physics Division, Environmental Studies Section, Health Physics Unit, Jaduguda, Jharkhand, India

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N K Sethy
Health Physics Unit, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Po-Jaduguda Mines, East Singhbhum - 832 102, Jharkhand
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.121824

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Effluent water from uranium mines, mill tailings ponds were studied for dissolved radionuclide. The concentration of uranium and 226 Ra in untreated effluent water was found to be elevated. The concentration of dissolved radionuclide in the adjacent aquatic streams and river were found to be of lower than the authorized prescribed limit provided by Indian regulatory agencies. The removal process of dissolved radionuclide in the effluent treatment plant is found to be effective with an average decontamination efficiency of >95% for both uranium and 226 Ra. The uranium mining and ore processing activity has not significantly modified the aquatic environment due to effective effluent management system.

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