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Radiological Impact Assessment of the Uranium Tailings Pond at Turamdih in India

  • R.N. Nair
  • Faby Sunny
  • Manish Chopra
  • V.D. Puranik
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling has been carried out for the uranium tailings pond at Turamdih in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, India using the finite element based FEFLOW software with a view to assess its radiological impact on human and the environment. Hydrogeological investigations; including laboratory and field based studies; have been carried out to collect site-specific data on geological settings, cross sections and aquifer characteristics of the site. Results indicate that the concentrations of U-238 and its progenies and the corresponding annual effective dose rates to members of the public through groundwater drinking pathway are less than the corresponding standards even at a distance of 500 m from the boundary of the tailings pond. The radiological impact in groundwater at this distance is practically nil up to a period of 4000 years and trivial beyond this period.

Keywords

Groundwater Flow Unconfined Aquifer Tailing Pond Hydrogeological Investigation Aquifer Characteristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R.N. Nair
    • 1
  • Faby Sunny
    • 1
  • Manish Chopra
    • 1
  • V.D. Puranik
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Assessment DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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