Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

Publisher: Elsevier

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Current impact factor: 3.57

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2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.571
2012 Impact Factor 2.119
2011 Impact Factor 1.339
2010 Impact Factor 1.466
2009 Impact Factor 1.268
2008 Impact Factor 1.114
2007 Impact Factor 0.963
2006 Impact Factor 1.073
2005 Impact Factor 1.243
2004 Impact Factor 1.188
2003 Impact Factor 0.837
2002 Impact Factor 0.674
2001 Impact Factor 0.726
2000 Impact Factor 0.764
1999 Impact Factor 0.881
1998 Impact Factor 0.958
1997 Impact Factor 0.638
1996 Impact Factor 1.014
1995 Impact Factor 0.672
1994 Impact Factor 0.505
1993 Impact Factor 0.484
1992 Impact Factor 0.436

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5-year impact 1.49
Cited half-life 6.20
Immediacy index 0.48
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.42
ISSN 1879-1700

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    ABSTRACT: Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is now recognized as an important pathway between land and sea. In this study, in order to analyze the distribution of naturally occurring short-lived radium isotopes and the relative SGD effect in Bo Sea embayment, (223)Ra and (224)Ra were measured in three parts of the embayment with the radium-delayed coincidence counting (RaDeCC) system. Subsequently, the mixing process was studied by the calculation of diffusion coefficients (Kx and Kz) and advection velocities (Vx and Vz) based on the 2D advection-diffusion model. Additionally, the apparent residence ages and SGD flux were quantified based on the (224)Ra and (223)Ra activities. The results showed that the Ra activities exponentially decreased with the distance offshore, and both the Kx and Vx took the order of northern part > southern part > middle part. In vertical direction, there was the maximum value of Vz and minimum Kz in middle part and the maximum Kz and minimum Vz in southern part. The average ages for the northern, middle and southern parts were 4.28, 7.38 and 3.73 days, respectively. The final SGD flux yielded by (224)Ra was 0.09, 0.01 and 0.03 m d(-1) in the northern, middle and southern parts, respectively. The SGD flux yielded by (223)Ra was 0.08, 0.01 and 0.03 m d(-1) in northern, middle and southern parts, respectively. The result indicates that there is the fastest exchange rate and the biggest SGD flux in the southern part in Bo Sea embayment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:111-120. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.08.008
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of clay soil contamination time on the transfer factors (Fvs) of (137)Cs and (90)Sr was investigated in four different growth stages of winter wheat and lettuce crops. The experiment was performed in an open field using lysimeters. The Fvs were the ratio of the activity concentrations of the radionuclides in crops to those in soil, both as dry weight (Bq kg(-1)). Significant difference of log-Fvs was evaluated using one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Basically, Fvs of (90)Sr were higher than those of (137)Cs, despite of the application stage or crop' variety. Higher Fvs for both radionuclides were observed for lettuce in comparison to winter wheat. Fvs of (90)Sr showed comparable trends for both crops with enhanced Fvs obtained when contamination occurred in early stages, i.e. 1.20 for lettuce and 0.88 and 0.02 for winter wheat, straw and grains, respectively. Despite the fluctuation noted in the pattern of Fvs for (137)Cs, soil contaminated at the second stage gave the highest Fvs for lettuce and grains, with geometric means of 0.21 and 0.01, respectively. However, wheat-straw showed remarkable increase in Fv for the latest contamination (ripening stage), about 0.06. It could be concluded that soil contamination at early growth stages would represent high radiological risk for the scenarios studied with an exception to (137)Cs in winter wheat-straw which reflected greater hazard at the latest application. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:104-110. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.08.009
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    ABSTRACT: Four of the radioactive xenon isotopes ((131m)Xe, (133m)Xe, (133)Xe and (135)Xe) with half-lives ranging from 9 h to 12 days are produced from nuclear fission and can be detected from days to weeks following their production and release. Being inert gases, they are readily transported through the atmosphere. Sources for release of radioactive xenon isotopes include operating nuclear reactors via leaks in fuel rods, medical isotope production facilities, and nuclear weapons' detonations. They are not normally released from fuel reprocessing due to the short half-lives. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has led to creation of the International Monitoring System. The International Monitoring System, when fully implemented, will consist of one component with 40 stations monitoring radioactive xenon around the globe. Monitoring these radioactive xenon isotopes is important to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in determining whether a seismically detected event is or is not a nuclear detonation. A variety of radioactive xenon quality control check standards, quantitatively spiked into various gas matrices, could be used to demonstrate that these stations are operating on the same basis in order to bolster defensibility of data across the International Monitoring System. This paper focuses on Idaho National Laboratory's capability to produce three of the xenon isotopes in pure form and the use of the four xenon isotopes in various combinations to produce radioactive xenon spiked air samples that could be subsequently distributed to participating facilities. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:126-131. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.08.005
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    ABSTRACT: Since the Fukushima accident in March 2011 the concentration of radioactive cesium in Japanese rockfish (Sebastes cheni) has been decreasing slower than other fish species. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the possibility of slow elimination rate (i.e., relatively longer Tb) as one of the reasons for the slow decrease in (137)Cs concentrations in Japanese rockfish (S. cheni). To do this, we reared twenty-three individuals of this species for a period of about 1 year, during which time we measured the (137)Cs concentrations and γ-ray spectra 14 times by using a high-efficiency NaI(Tl) scintillator. We then examined the relationship between the (137)Cs concentrations and the total length of each individual. We estimated the biological half-life (Tb, day) for each individual using the total number of (137)Cs counts in the energy region, and examined the effects of total length and (137)Cs concentration on Tb by generalized linear model (GLM). We also examined the effect of sex, total length, seawater temperature, and the (137)Cs concentration of seawater on temporal changes in the (137)Cs count reduction rate by GLM. There was no clear relationship between the corrected whole-body (137)Cs concentrations and the total length in females, however there was a significant positive correlation between these two variables in males. The difference between males and females may be attributable to variation in the degree of dilution because of variable growth of individuals, and suggests that the (137)Cs concentrations of small individuals may be greatly diluted because of faster growth. However, there was no significant difference in Tb between sexes. The mean Tb (±SD) in all individuals was 269 (±39) days; this Tb value is 2.7-5.4 times longer than past Tb values (marine fish: 50-100 days), and is thought to be one of the reasons for the slower decrease in (137)Cs concentrations in this species than other fish species on the coast of Fukushima. The GLM showed significant effects of both total length and (137)Cs concentration on Tb, which may reflect a reduction in the metabolic rate with increased body size (i.e., aging) and gradient of concentration against seawater. The GLM also showed a significant positive effect of seawater temperature on the reduction rate of the (137)Cs counts (D, day(-1)). Therefore, D was clearly related to seasonal variations in the temperature of seawater, and this relationship may be attributable to changes in the metabolic rate that are controlled by variations in the seawater temperature. From these measurements, we examined the processes that control reductions in (137)Cs radioactivity. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:68-74. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.08.003
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    ABSTRACT: Long-term investigations (1996-2008) were conducted into the (137)Cs and (40)K in the soil of forests, swamps and meadows in different regions of Lithuania, as well as in the plants growing in these media. The (137)Cs and (40)K activity concentrations, the (137)Cs/(40)K activity concentration ratio and accumulation, and translocation in the system, i.e. from the soil to plant roots to above-ground plant part of these radionuclides, were evaluated after gamma-spectrometric measurements using a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. Based on the obtained data, it can be asserted that in the tested plant species, the (137)Cs and (40)K accumulation, the transfer from soil to roots and translocation within the plants depend on the plant species and environmental ecological conditions. The (137)Cs/(40)K activity concentration ratios in the same plant species in different regions of Lithuania are different and this ratio depends on the biotope (forest, swamp or meadow) in which the plant grows and on the location of the growing region. Based on the determined trends of statistically reliable inverse dependence between the activity concentrations in both soil and plants, it can be stated that the exchange of (137)Cs and (40)K in plants and soil is different. Different accumulations and translocations of investigated radionuclides in the same plant species indicate diverse biological metabolism of (137)Cs and its chemical analogue (40)K in plants. A competitive relationship exists between (137)Cs and (40)K in plants as well as in the soil. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:86-92. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.012
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    ABSTRACT: Uranium biosorption from aqueous solutions by pollen pini (Pinus massoniana pollen) was studied in a bath system. The biosorbent was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. The influences of pH, contact time and initial uranium concentration at room temperature were investigated and the experimental curves were obtained. The pollen pini exhibited the highest uranium sorption capacity at pH 5.0 after 2 h contact. At pH 2.5 pollen pini also exhibited a good uranium loading capacity (>15%). Therefore biosorption characteristics of uranium from aqueous solution onto pollen pini were examined at pH 2.5 as well. The kinetics followed a pseudo-second-order rate equation and adsorption process was well fitted with the Freundlich isotherm at both pH. The adsorption of uranium by the biosorbent was confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The present study suggested that pollen pini could be a suitable biosorbent for biosorption uranium (VI) from aqueous solution in a fast, low cost and convenient approach. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:93-98. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: Minor element composition and rare earth element (REE) concentrations in nuclear materials are important as they are used within the field of nuclear forensics as an indicator of sample origin. However recent studies into uranium ores and uranium ore concentrates (UOCs) have shown significant elemental and isotopic heterogeneity from a single mine site such that some sites have shown higher variation within the mine site than that seen between multiple sites. The elemental composition of both uranium and gangue minerals within ore samples taken along a single mineral vein in South West England have been measured and reported here. The analysis of the samples was undertaken to determine the extent of the localised variation in key elements. Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) was used to analyse the gangue mineralogy and measure major element composition. Minor element composition and rare earth element (REE) concentrations were measured by Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA). The results confirm that a number of key elements, REE concentrations and patterns used for origin location do show significant variation within mine. Furthermore significant variation is also visible on a meter scale. In addition three separate uranium phases were identified within the vein which indicates multiple uranium mineralisation events. In light of these localised elemental variations it is recommended that representative sampling for an area is undertaken prior to establishing the REE pattern that may be used to identify the originating mine for an unknown ore sample and prior to investigating impact of ore processing on any arising REE patterns. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:75-85. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.06.016
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    ABSTRACT: It is important that monitoring environmental tritiated water for understanding the contamination dispersion of the nuclear facilities. Tritium is a pure beta radionuclide which is usually measured by Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC). The average energy of tritum beta is only 5.658 keV that makes the LSC counting of tritium easily be interfered by the beta emitted by other radionuclides. Environmental tritiated water samples usually need to be decontaminated by distillation for reducing the interference. After Fukushima Nucleaer Accident, the highest gross beta concentration of groundwater samples obtained around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is over 1,000,000 Bq/l. There is a need for a distillation with ultra-high decontamination efficiency for environmental tritiated water analysis. This study is intended to improve the heating temperature control for better sub-boiling distillation control and modify the height of the container of the air cooling distillation device for better fractional distillation effect. The DF of Cs-137 of the distillation may reach 450,000 which is far better than the prior study. The average loss rate of the improved method and device is about 2.6% which is better than the bias value listed in the ASTM D4107-08. It is proven that the modified air cooling distillation device can provide an easy-handling, water-saving, low cost and effective way of purifying water samples for higher beta radionuclides contaminated water samples which need ultra-high decontamination treatment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:62-67. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.03.026
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, uptake of Ra from soil, and the influence of group II metals on Ra uptake, into the stones and edible flesh of the fruit of the wild green plum, Buchanania obovata, was investigated. Selective extraction of the exchangeable fraction of the soil samples was undertaken but was not shown to more reliably predict Ra uptake than total soil Ra activity concentration. Comparison of the group II metal to Ca ratios (i.e. Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, Ra/Ca) in the flesh with exchangeable Ca shows that Ca outcompetes group II metals for root uptake and that the uptake pathway discriminated against group II metals relative to ionic radius, with uptake of Ca > Sr > Ba > Ra. Flesh and stone analysis showed that movement of group II metals to these components of the plant, after root uptake, was strongly related. This supports the hypothesis that Sr, Ba and Ra are being taken up as analogue elements, and follow the same uptake and translocation pathways, with Ca. Comparison with previously reported data from a native passion fruit supports the use of total soil CRs on natural, undisturbed sites. As exchangeable CRs for Ra reach a saturation value it may be possible to make more precise predictions using selective extraction techniques for contaminated or disturbed sites. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.013
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    ABSTRACT: Naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) is a common feature in North Sea oil and gas production offshore but, to date, has been reported from only one production site onshore in the United Kingdom. The latter, Wytch Farm on the Dorset coast, revealed high activity concentrations of (210)Pb in metallic form but little evidence of radium accumulation. NORM has now been discovered at two further onshore sites in the East Midlands region of the UK. The material has been characterized in terms of its mineralogy, bulk composition and disequilibrium in the natural uranium and thorium series decay chains. In contrast to Wytch Farm, scale and sludge samples from the East Midlands were found to contain elevated levels of radium and radioactive progeny associated with crystalline strontiobarite. The highest (226)Ra and (228)Ra activity concentrations found in scale samples were 132 and 60 Bq/g, with mean values of 86 and 40 Bq/g respectively; somewhat higher than the mean for the North Sea and well above national exemption levels for landfill disposal. The two East Midlands sites exhibited similar levels of radioactivity. Scanning electron microscope imaging shows the presence of tabular, idiomorphic and acicular strontiobarite crystals with elemental mapping confirming that barium and strontium are co-located throughout the scale. Bulk compositional data show a corresponding correlation between barium-strontium concentrations and radium activity. Scales and sludge were dated using the (226)Ra/(210)Pb method giving mean ages of 2.2 and 3.7 years, respectively. The results demonstrate clearly that these NORM deposits, with significant radium activity, can form over a very short period of time. Although the production sites studied here are involved in conventional oil recovery, the findings have direct relevance should hydraulic fracturing for shale gas be pursued in the East Midlands oilfield. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:49-56. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.016
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    ABSTRACT: The use of 911 keV and 129 keV γ-line intensity ratio has been applied for self-absorption correction of the 63 keV (234)Th ((238)U) and 186 keV((226)Ra and (235)U) lines in typical building materials and soil samples. Proposed procedure allows to determine (238)U from the (234)Th line (63 keV) and (226)Ra after subtraction of (235)U interference in the 186 keV. It is important in the case of low uranium concentration and weak intensity of (235)U 143 keV γ energy line, when activity of this radionuclide can be apprised on the natural constant (238)U/(235)U ratio, only (excluding accidental anthropogenic depleted uranium deposition in the soil samples). Therefore, by this method a direct and fast determination of the (226)Ra and other important radionuclides, without one month waiting period for (226)Ra-(222)Rn daughter equilibrium, is possible. The accuracy of the method has been confirmed (relative relation deviation <10%) for typical buildings materials such as: tales, bricks, concrete blocks and various type of ceramic materials. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:44-48. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.018
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    ABSTRACT: A study was undertaken to determine activity concentrations for (134)Caesium, (137)Caesium and (210)Polonium in New Zealand seafood, and establish if activity concentrations varied with respect to species/ecological niche and coastal region. Thirty seafood samples were obtained from six fishing regions of New Zealand along with a further six samples of two commercially important species (hoki and arrow squid) with well-defined fisheries. (134)Caesium was not detected in any sample. (137)Caesium was detected in 47% of samples, predominantly in pelagic fish species, with most activities at a trace level. Detections of (137)Caesium were evenly distributed across all regions. Activity concentrations were consistent with those expected from the oceanic inventory representing residual fallout from global nuclear testing. (210)Polonium was detected above the minimum detectable concentration in 33 (92%) of the analysed samples. Molluscs displayed significantly elevated activity concentrations relative to all other species groups. No significant regional variation in activity concentrations were determined. Two dose assessment models for high seafood consumers were undertaken. Dose contribution from (137)Caesium was minimal and far below the dose exemption limit of 1 mSv/year. Exposure to (210)Polonium was significant in high seafood consumers at 0.44-0.77 mSv/year (5th-95th percentile). (137)Caesium is concluded to be a valuable sentinel radionuclide for monitoring anthropogenic releases, such as global fallout and reactor releases, in the marine environment. (210)Polonium is of importance as a natural radionuclide sentinel due to its high contribution to dietary committed dose in seafood consumers. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.026
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    ABSTRACT: The uncontrolled spread out of radioiodine (especially (1)(3)(1)I) produced from nuclear activities or accidents, due to its high volatility, to the biosphere represents an environmental impact because of its concentration in the thyroid gland and accumulation on soil surface. This work represents a simple method for isolation of radioiodine from aqueous solution in the form of insoluble solid compound and further recovery of it in aqueous phase for any further controlled use. Crystalline silver chloride was prepared and characterized. Batch sorption of (131)I onto the prepared AgCl was studied from different aqueous media (H2O and NaOH of different concentrations) and at different I(-):Ag molar ratios (from alkaline media) for different times at 25 °C. It was found that the sorption yield of (131)I from 2.5 M NaOH solution (at I(-):Ag and S2O3(2-):I(-) molar ratios of 0.025 and 2, respectively) reached 97.7% after 6 h and only slightly increased to 98.6% after 16 h of contact time. The presence of H2O2 adversely affected the batch sorption process. The included REDOX and precipitation reactions were discussed. Batch desorption of the sorbed (131)I from AgCl into aqueous phase was studied with NaOCl solutions of different concentrations and different contact times at 25 °C. Desorption yield of (131)I was found to be 94.5% with 10 mL of 0.5 M NaOCl solution after contact time of 16 h. Kinetic analysis has been performed for both batch sorption and desorption processes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:9-19. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.022
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    ABSTRACT: High levels of uranium and its radioactive progeny like radium is normally associated with phosphate mining. In Situ gamma ray spectroscopy as a survey tool has been successfully applied to assess radionuclide concentrations in various geographical environments. A transportable and robust gamma ray detection system (GISPI) was therefore employed to determine the concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides at a disused phosphate mine on the West Coast of South Africa. The concentrations of radium, thorium and potassium were measured and plotted. The measurements showed fairly high concentrations with medians of 320 Bq/kg for (226)Ra, 64 Bq/kg for (232)Th and 390 Bq/kg for (40)K. The highest concentrations were however confined to specific areas of the mine. The effective dose due to gamma irradiation for the various areas of the mine was also estimated and the highest estimated level was 0.45 mSv/y. The article finally draws conclusions as to the origins and impact of the radiation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 08/2015; 150:1-8. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.07.030