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Focus on Blocking Strontium: All About Apatite

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
06-05-008May 2006July 2010
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Author(s) Madeleine Brown
Description Apatite is the name of a common type of mineral. Apatite minerals have the ability to capture and hold radioactive and metal contaminants. Strontium-90, a radioactive contaminant, in the groundwater at Hanford poses a threat to human health and the environment. Apatite will be injected into the Columbia River shoreline near N Reactor. As the groundwater moves toward the river, the apatite will absorb strontium-90 and prevent it from reaching the river.
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Keywords apatite barrier, Columbia River, radioactive waste, Hanford, ground water, strontium