Exposure Risks Assessment Due to Gamma Emitting Radionuclides in Soils and Consumable Waters Around Princess Gold Mine Dump in Roodepoort, South Africa

Exposure Risks Assessment Due to Gamma Emitting Radionuclides in Soils and Consumable Waters... This study evaluated the activity concentration of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K around the Princess Gold Mine dump in Roodepoort, South Africa using gamma spectrometry and ICP-MS. The soil contained a high concentration of 238U at a depth of 1 m and at the surface. Doses due to ingestion of the untreated water were estimated as being far above the limit of 0.10 mSv/a set by the World Health Organization. The South African National Nuclear Regulator’s reference value of 0.25 mSv/a was also exceeded by almost all of the analyzed water samples. Thus, the dose the public could receive from drinking this water poses a potential radiological health risk. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mine Water and the Environment Springer Journals

Exposure Risks Assessment Due to Gamma Emitting Radionuclides in Soils and Consumable Waters Around Princess Gold Mine Dump in Roodepoort, South Africa

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany
Subject
Earth Sciences; Geology; Water Quality/Water Pollution; Hydrogeology; Mineral Resources; Ecotoxicology; Industrial Pollution Prevention
ISSN
1025-9112
eISSN
1616-1068
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10230-017-0474-0
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Abstract

This study evaluated the activity concentration of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K around the Princess Gold Mine dump in Roodepoort, South Africa using gamma spectrometry and ICP-MS. The soil contained a high concentration of 238U at a depth of 1 m and at the surface. Doses due to ingestion of the untreated water were estimated as being far above the limit of 0.10 mSv/a set by the World Health Organization. The South African National Nuclear Regulator’s reference value of 0.25 mSv/a was also exceeded by almost all of the analyzed water samples. Thus, the dose the public could receive from drinking this water poses a potential radiological health risk.

Journal

Mine Water and the EnvironmentSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 1, 2017

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