Environmental contamination by the NORM industry: challenges for radioecology

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Abstract

Apart from the obvious presence of naturally occurring radionuclides (NORs) in uranium deposits, a wide range of uranium- and thorium-bearing minerals (and daughters) are being mined and processed commercially. Enhanced levels of NORs may be associated with abandoned waste dumps, installations and surroundings from certain industries, involved in the extraction or processing of raw materials containing NORs. This can result in considerable exposure to the public and affect the environment. The most prominent examples in Europe are, apart from the residues of uranium mining and milling, the waste generated by the phosphate processing industry, the scales from the oil and gas extraction industry, the ashes from the power production from coal and the slag produced by the metal mining and smelting industry.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Symposium on In Situ Nuclear Metrology as a Tool for Radioecology
Place of PublicationRabat, Morocco
Pages1-165
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2008
Event4th International Symposium on In Situ Nuclear Metrology as a Tool for Radioecology - Rabat, Morocco
Duration: 13 Oct 200816 Oct 2008

Conference

Conference4th International Symposium on In Situ Nuclear Metrology as a Tool for Radioecology
CountryMorocco
CityRabat
Period2008-10-132008-10-16

Keywords

  • NORM, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, Challenges, Radioecology

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