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Technological exchanged natural radioactivity in vicinity of the Coal Burning Power Plant Kakanj, BiH

  • J. Barescut, D. Samek (a1), L. Saracevic (a1), N. Gradascevic (a1) and A. Mihalj (a1)...
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CBPP Kakanj is one of the most important Coal Burning Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina (producing power of 450 MW, waste storage site of 5 000 000 tons). Mapping of the measured gamma-dose rate has been performed with the goal of identifying the hot spots in the area of 3×3 km surrounding CBPP Kakanj, with special emphasis on the waste storage site (1×1 km). Maximum measured of the gamma-dose rate surrounding CBPP Kakanj was 140 nGy h-1 and in the area of waste storage site 210 nGy h-1. Average levels of natural radionuclide in agricultural soil samples in vicinity of CBPP Kakanj are: for 238U is 41 ± 4 Bq kg-1, 232Th is 32 ± 1 Bq kg-1, 226Ra is 27 ± 2 Bq kg-1 and 40K is 486 ± 9 Bq kg-1. Obtained results in soil-plant-animal products chain does not show significantly increased levels of natural radionuclides due to the fact that mentioned radionuclides, in general, have a low transfer factors in soil-plant-animal products chain.

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[1] International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Basic Safety Standards for Protection againist Ionizing Radiation and for Safety of Radiation Sources (International Atomic Energy Agency, Safety Series No. 115, Vienna, 1996).
[2] Cressie, N.A.C., Mathematical Geology 22, 239252 (1990).
[3] D. Samek, L. Saracevic, A. Mihalj and N. Gradascevic, “Estimation of the External Gamma Dose Rate from Natural Radionuclides on the Territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Croatian Radiation Protection Association, Stubicke Toplice, 2003, edited by I.C. Bronic, S. Miljanic and B. Obelic (HDZZ-CRPA, Zagreb, 2003) p. 296–301.
[4] United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), Sources, Effects and Risk of Ionizing Radiation (Report to the General Assembly, with Scientific Annexes, United Nations, New York, 2000).
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