Radioactive residues associated with water treatment, use and disposal in Australia

Kleinschmidt, Ross Ivan (2011) Radioactive residues associated with water treatment, use and disposal in Australia. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Water resources are known to contain radioactive materials, either from natural or anthropogenic sources. Treatment, including wastewater treatment, of water for drinking, domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes has the potential to concentrate radioactive materials. Inevitably concentrated radioactive material is discharged to the environment as a waste product, reused for soil conditioning, or perhaps recycled as a new potable water supply. This thesis, presented as a collection of peer reviewed scientific papers, explores a number of water / wastewater treatment applications, and the subsequent nature and potential impact of radioactive residues associated with water exploitation processes. The thesis draws together research outcomes for sites predominantly throughout Queensland, Australia, where it is recognised that there is a paucity of published data on the subject. This thesis contributes to current knowledge on the monitoring, assessment and potential for radiation exposure from radioactive residues associated with the water industry.

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ID Code: 48058
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Akber, Riaz & Morawska, Lidia
Keywords: NORM, TENORM, water, radioactivity, environment, radium, radon, iodine-131, wastewater, disposal, water recycling, Australia
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2012 00:58
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 00:58

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