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Overview of Radium Legacies in Belgium

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B. Dehandschutter, L. Jadoul, K. Mannaerts, S. Pepin, A. Poffijn, W. Blommaert, M. Sonck

Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), Brussels, Belgium

Paper No. ICEM2011-59367, pp. 1139-1143; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 14th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2011 14th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Parts A and B
  • Reims, France, September 25–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5498-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The Belgian metallurgical company, Union Minière, has been a key-player in the sector of radium production between 1922 and 1969. The factory based in Olen has extracted radium from minerals and produced radium sources during that period. The radium production facilities have been dismantled in the 70s but legacies of the former production have still to be remediated. An overview of these legacies and of their radiological characteristics will be given. Next to the sites related to radium production, other radium legacies are related to NORM industries, essentially from the phosphate sector (phosphogypsum and CaF2 stacks).

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Radium



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