Radium isotopes in Estonian groundwater: Measurements, analytical correlations, population dose and a proposal for a monitoring strategy

Luca Bagnato, M. Forte, E. Caldognetto, S. Risica, F. Trotti, R. Rusconi

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Abstract

In some areas of Estonia, groundwater contains a significant number of natural radionuclides, especially radium isotopes, which may cause radiation protection concern depending on the geological structure of the aquifer. Indeed, the parametric value of 0.1 mSv y⁻¹ for the total indicative dose established by European Directive 98/83/EC, adopted as a limit value in Estonian national legislation, is often exceeded. A Twinning Project between Estonia and Italy was carried out within the framework of the Estonian Transition Facility Programme, sponsored by the European Union. Its aims were to assess the radiological situation of Estonian groundwater and related health consequences. The first step was a study of Estonian aqueducts and the population served by them, and a thorough analysis of the radiological database for drinking water, from which the relevant effective doses for the population were obtained. Particular attention was devoted to doses to children and infants. Correlations between the chemical parameters were investigated, in order to suggest the best possible analytical approach. Lastly, a monitoring strategy, i.e. sampling points and sampling frequencies, was proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-780
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Radiological Protection
Volume30
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Analytical approach
  • Chemical parameters

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