Descriptive statistics and risk assessment for the control of seasonal pollutant effects of 210Po and 210Pb in coastal waters (Çanakkale, Turkey)


210Po is absorbed into the human body by seafood intake. Especially, mollusks and mussels are known to have much higher 210Po concentration than fish among various other types of seafood and are consumed in large quantities in Aegean Sea. 210Po and 210Pb radionuclide concentrations are obtained in the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) and in the sediment samples collected from the Çanakkale. The activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb are counted using alpha spectrometry. Activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in mussels are in the ranged of 227 ± 11–540 ± 38 and 17 ± 4–48 ± 5 Bq kg−1 dw (dry weight), for sediments the ranges are 23 ± 6–41 ± 3 and 15 ± 3–44 ± 1 Bq kg−1 dw, respectively. Additionally, annual committed effective dose are calculated due to consumption mussel in Çanakkale coastal region. The highest effective doses of 210Po and 210Po are found as 3187 and 56 μSv, respectively. Finally, risk analysis assessment is recommended to determine the pollutant effects of radionuclides. The risk fractions at the concentrations are easily determined with this evaluation process. This methodology has made a great contribution to risk assessments.

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This work was supported by the Kirklareli University [Grant Number: KLUBAP 060].

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Aközcan, S., Külahcı, F. Descriptive statistics and risk assessment for the control of seasonal pollutant effects of 210Po and 210Pb in coastal waters (Çanakkale, Turkey). J Radioanal Nucl Chem 315, 285–292 (2018).

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  • Risk analysis
  • 210Po
  • 210Pb
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Mussel
  • Sediment
  • Annual dose