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Study considers effect of deicing on radium, radon movement


February 13, 2017
By Water Air & Soil Pollution

Storrs, CT – According to a University of Connecticut study, elevated radium concentrations have been observed in aquifers with high naturally occurring salinity.

Since continued use of salt as a road deicing agent has resulted in a gradual salinization of ground water systems in snow-affected regions, this raises the issue of whether or not the radium and radon are mobile enough to be a human health concern.

The study, entitled “Mobilization of Radium and Radon by Deicing Salt Contamination of Groundwater,” is published in the journal Water, Air & Soil Pollution. | READ MORE

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