Volume No. 8 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 214-223 Oct-Dec 2013

 

ASSESSMENT OF URANIUM LEVELS IN ATMOSPHERIC PARTICULATE MATTER (PM10) IN AND AROUND THE TUMMALAPALLE URANIUM MINING SITE, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA

 

Murad Basha A., Yasovardhan N., Satyanarayana S.V. *1 , Subba Reddy G.V.2, Padma Savitri P. , Vishwa Prasad K.3 and Vinod Kumar A.4

1. Department of Chemical Engineering, JNTUACE, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh (INDIA)
2. Department of Chemistry, JNTUACE, Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh (INDIA)
3. HPU Division, Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad (INDIA)
4. Environmental Assessment Division, BARC, Mumbai (INDIA)

 

Received on : July 10, 2013

 

ABSTRACT

 

Recently, there is a rapid increase of nuclear based generated power, associated industries and its mining activities in India. This has raised the questions concerning a possible increase of uranium levels over that existing in the environment. The present work explores the evaluation of ambient air quality with respect to the Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM10) and Uranium concentration in PM10 at Tummallapalle Uranium mining site as well as its surrounding villages. In order to monitor ambient air quality, ten PM10 Air Samplers (10 locations) were installed in and around 30 km radial distance from Uranium mining site. Air Samples were collected twice in a month for one year duration. The uranium concentration in PM10 was estimated using UVFlourimetry technique after acid digestion of PM10 present on the glass fiber/EPM 2000 filter paper. The Uranium concentration was found to be in the range of 5 - 30 ng/m3. These values are found to be normal compared with the reported literature values which are in the range of 20 - 200 ng/m3.

 

Keywords : Nuclear power, Uranium, PM10, UV–Flourimetry, Air quality

 

 

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