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Health risk assessment for uranium in Korean groundwater

Authors
 Ye-shin Kim  ;  Hoa-sung Park  ;  Jin-yong Kim  ;  Sun-ku Park  ;  Byong-wook Cho  ;  Ig-hwan Sung  ;  Dong-chun Shin 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY, Vol.77(1) : 77-85, 2004-01 
Journal Title
 JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY 
ISSN
 0265-931X 
Issue Date
2004-01
MeSH
Environmental Exposure* ; Humans ; Korea ; Models, Theoretical* ; Neoplasms / etiology ; Public Health* ; Risk Assessment ; Uranium / poisoning* ; Water Pollutants, Radioactive / poisoning*
Abstract
We analyzed the radiological and chemical risks of uranium in groundwater. The total sample number over 4 years was 498. There were several use patterns of groundwater in Korea, but we considered the risk only for drinking water. The geometric mean of uranium concentration in 10 areas in Korea was 0.17 microg x l(-1). The excess cancer risks were in the 10(-7) level in the radiological risk aspect and the hazard quotient was 0.005 in the chemical risk aspect. Therefore, we could conclude that an adverse health risk is unlikely to be posed due to exposure to uranium. However, the concentration of uranium must be monitored periodically and adequate action taken in the few and small areas that contain high uranium levels in groundwater.
Full Text
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0265931X04000773
DOI
10.1016/j.jenvrad.2004.03.001
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Shin, Dong Chun(신동천) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4252-2280
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/178829
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