Phytoremediation options for radioactively contaminated sites evaluated

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Abstract

The application of nuclear energy and the use of radionuclides for industrial, medical and research purposes have caused significant contamination of certain sites and their environment, which could result in health problems for several centuries if nothing is undertaken to remedy these situations. Except for the immediate environment of the facility, where decontamination activities may be feasible and affordable, the contamination often extents over a vast area and decontamination would be costly and could result in vast amounts of waste. Therefore, more realistic yet efficient remediation options should be searched for of which phytomanagement is among the potential options. A number of phytomanagement approaches will be discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-606
JournalAnnals of nuclear energy
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Phytoremediation, phytomanagement, decontamination

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