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Radionuclides in surface and groundwater

September 15, 2009

Unique among all the contaminants that adversely affect surface and water quality, radioactive compounds pose a double threat from both toxicity and damaging radiation. The extreme energy potential of many of these materials makes them both useful and toxic. The unique properties of radioactive materials make them invaluable for medical, weapons, and energy applications. However, mining, production, use, and disposal of these compounds provide potential pathways for their release into the environment, posing a risk to both humans and wildlife. This chapter discusses the sources, uses, and regulation of radioactive compounds in the United States, biogeochemical processes that control mobility in the environment, examples of radionuclide contamination, and current work related to contaminated site remediation.

Publication Year 2009
Title Radionuclides in surface and groundwater
Authors Kate M. Campbell
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70043781
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Branch of Regional Research-Western Region