May 15 – 20, 2022
Casino Conference Centre
Europe/Prague timezone

Determination of Natural Radionuclides in Groundwater Samples in Austria – Analysis of Seasonal Variations and Correlations with Chemical Parameters

May 18, 2022, 9:06 AM
18m
Marble Hall

Marble Hall

Verbal Radionuclides in the Environment, Radioecology Environmental Radioactivity

Speaker

Dr Claudia Landstetter (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection)

Description

The Monitoring of natural radionuclides in groundwater samples has been carried out in various projects in Austria over the last 25 years. A large project monitoring groundwater samples from all over Austria took place in 2008 and 2009. Building on this, a follow-up project was launched in 2021, funded by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. Sampling sites were selected to check whether activity concentrations have changed over the years. In addition, samples were taken at these sampling sites each quarter of the year to analyse seasonal variations at these sampling sites. Rn-222, Ra-226, Ra-228, Pb-210 and Po-210 were analysed by liquid scintillation counting. U-238, U-235 and U-234 were analysed by ICP-MS. Pb-210 and Po-210 were measured using the extractive scintillation cocktail Polex™. Radionuclides were separated by sulfide and sulfate precipitation, and only 1 L of water sample was used. Rn-222 activity concentrations were between the lower limit of detection (LLD) and 620 Bq/l. The activity concentration of Ra-226 and Ra-228 was between the LLD and 0.14 Bq/l and 0.11 Bq/l respectively. The activity concentration of Pb-210 and Po-210 was between the LLD and 0.07 Bq/l and 0,11 Bq/l respectively. The activity concentration of U-238, U-235 and U-234 was between the LLD and 2.7 Bq/l, 0.13 Bq/l and 2.0 Bq/l respectively. Correlations between these radionuclides and chemical parameters such as chloride, boron, sulfate, oxygen content, hydrogen carbonate, nitrate, sodium, potassium, magnesium were analysed. In the presentation a short description of the method is given and the results of the analysis of the seasonal variations and the correlations are presented.

Primary author

Dr Claudia Landstetter (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection)

Co-authors

Mrs Viktoria Damberger (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection) Mr Rudolf Engelbrecht (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection) Mrs Eva-Maria Lindner-Leschinski (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection) Dr Christian Katzlberger (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Division for Radiation Protection)

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