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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-54

Assessment of primordial radionuclide contents in soil samples and of impact of coal-based thermal power plant: A study in Tarn Taran district in Punjab, India

1 Department of Physics, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
2 Department of Physics, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
3 Department of Physics, DAV College, Jalandhar, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Mansi Dhingra
Research Scholar, Department of Physics, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar - 144 011, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_11_20

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In the present study, an attempt has been made to measure the radionuclide contents in soil samples from the region around coal-based thermal power plant (TPP) in Tarn Taran district of Punjab state in India and to assess the impact of coal-based TPP on the radionuclide distribution in surrounding areas. For this purpose, soil samples collected from the region, coal samples, and fly-ash samples collected from the plant were analyzed using the gamma spectrometry technique employing thallium-activated sodium iodide detector. The activity concentration of radionuclides was observed to be higher for the samples collected from the locations nearer to the power plant and decreased as the distance from power plant increased indicating an increase in soil radioactivity due to TPP.

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