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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

Tritium concentration in ambient air around Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant

1 Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity; Department of Studies in Chemistry, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Karnataka, India
2 Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Karnataka, India
3 Environmental Survey Laboratory, Kaiga Generating Station, Kaiga, Karnataka, India
4 Environmental Survey Laboratory, Tarapur Atomic Power Station, Tarapur, Maharashtra, India
5 Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay; Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. N Karunakara
Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Mangalore - 574 199, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_20_18

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Tritium (3H) is one of the important long-lived radioisotopes in the gaseous effluent from nuclear power plants. In this article, we present the results of 3H monitoring in ambient air samples around the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant, on the West Coast of India. Air samples were collected by moisture condensation method and the 3H concentration was determined by liquid scintillation spectrometry. The 3H concentration in the 2.3–15 km zone of the power plant varied in the range of <0.04–6.64 Bq m−3 with a median of 0.67 Bq m−3. The samples collected from the 2.3–5 km zone of the power plant exhibit marginally higher concentration when compared to the 5–10 km and 10–15 km zones, which is as expected. The values observed in the present study for Kaiga region are similar to those reported from other nuclear power plants, both within India and other parts of the world.

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