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Description of the behavior of an aquifer by using continuous radon monitoring in a thermal spa

Abstract: Radon (222Rn) levels in air and water have been analyzed continuously for almost a year in Las Caldas de Besaya thermal spa, north Spain. Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas from the decay of radium(226Ra) both constituents of radioactive uranium 238 series. It has been recognized as a lung carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Furthermore the Royal Decree R.D 1439/2010 of November, 2010 establishes the obligation to study occupational activities where workers and, where appropriate,members of the public are exposed to inhalation of radon inworkplaces such as spas. Together with radon measures several physico-chemical parameters were obtained such as pH, redox potential, electrical conductivity and air and water temperature. The devices used for the study of the temporal evolution of radon concentration have been the RTM 2100, the Radon Scout and gamma spectrometry was complementarily used to determine the transfer factor of the silicone tubes in the experimental device. Radon concentrations obtained in water and air of the spa are high, with an average of 660 Bq/l and 2900 Bq/m3 respectively, where water is the main source of radon in the air. Radiation dose for workers and public was estimated from these levels of radon. The data showed that the thermal processes can control the behavior of radonwhich can be also influenced by various physical and chemical parameters such as pH and redox potential.

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 Fuente: Science of the Total Environment 543 (2016) 460-466

Editorial: Elsevier

 Año de publicación: 2016

Nº de páginas: 7

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.11.052

ISSN: 0048-9697,1879-1026