Campus Units

Chemistry, Ames Laboratory

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2-1994

Journal or Book Title

Environmental Science and Technology

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

352

Last Page

358

DOI

10.1021/es00051a024

Abstract

The concentration of uranium in soil has been determined for 80 sites in an area suspected to have uranium contamination by in situ laser ablation- inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (LA-ICPAES), utilizing a field-deployable mobile analytical laboratory. For 15 of the 80 sites analyzed, soil samples were collected so that the field LA-ICPAES results could be compared to laboratory-determined values. Uranium concentrations determined in the field by LA-ICPAES for these 15 sites range from <20 parts per million (ppm) by weight to 285 ppm. The uncertainty in the values determined, however, is large relative to the uranium concentrations encountered at this site. The 95% confidence interval (CI) values are approximately 85 ppm. The uranium concentrations determined by laboratory LA- ICPAES analysis range from <20 to 102 ppm (95% CI of approximately 50 ppm); microwave dissolution and subsequent standard addition determination of uranium by solution nebulization ICPAES using an ultrasonic nebulizer yields 19-124 ppm uranium (95% CI of approximately 10 ppm). For 11 of the 15 samples, the field- and laboratory-determined uranium concentrations agree, within the uncertainty of the determined values.

Comments

Reprinted (adapted) with permission from Environmental Science and Technology 28 (1994): 352, doi: 10.1021/es00051a024.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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