Health risk assessment for radium discharged in produced waters

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Produced water generated during the production of oil and gas can contain enhanced levels of radium. This naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) is discharged into freshwater streams, estuarine, coastal and outer continental shelf waters. Large volumes of produced waters are discharged to coastal waters along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico is an important producer of fish and shellfish, and there is concern that radium discharged to coastal Louisiana could contaminate fish and shellfish used by people for food, and present a significant increase in cancer risk. This paper describes a screening-level assessment of the potential cancer ... continued below

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Hamilton, L.D.; Meinhold, A.F. & Nagy, J. January 1, 1991.

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Produced water generated during the production of oil and gas can contain enhanced levels of radium. This naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) is discharged into freshwater streams, estuarine, coastal and outer continental shelf waters. Large volumes of produced waters are discharged to coastal waters along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico is an important producer of fish and shellfish, and there is concern that radium discharged to coastal Louisiana could contaminate fish and shellfish used by people for food, and present a significant increase in cancer risk. This paper describes a screening-level assessment of the potential cancer risks posed by radium discharged to coastal Louisiana in oil-field produced waters. This screening analysis was performed to determine if a more comprehensive and realistic assessment is necessary, and because of the conservative assumptions embedded in the analysis overestimates the risk associated with the discharge of radium in produced waters. Two isotopes of radium (Ra-226 and Ra-228) are the radionuclides of most concern in produced water in terms of potential human health effects.

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  • International produced water symposium, San Diego, CA (United States), 4-7 Feb 1992

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  • Other: DE92006631
  • Report No.: BNL-45036
  • Report No.: CONF-920206--1
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5619526
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1091008

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Hamilton, L.D.; Meinhold, A.F. & Nagy, J. Health risk assessment for radium discharged in produced waters, article, January 1, 1991; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1091008/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.