Assessing Potential Risks from Exposure to Natural Uranium in Well Water
A.C. Hakonson-Hayesa, P.R. Fresqueza, F.W. Whicker 2002 Journal of Environmental Radioactivity v59 p29–40
This article in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity discusses the drinking water contamination levels in the Nambe region of northern New Mexico based on the EPA’s recommended drinking water standards. Uranium uptake was estimated in tomato, squash, lettuce and radishes irrigated with Nambe well water. Plant uptake and human dose and toxicity associated with ingestion of water and produce was evaluated, as well as inhalation of irrigated soil related to gardening activities. Uranium concentration in plants increased linearly with increasing uranium concentration in irrigation water, particularly in lettuce and radishes.