Peculiarities of 137Cs Sorption/Desorption by Bentonite Clays of Cherkasy Deposit from Groundwater Model Solutions of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities at the “Vector” Production Complex

B. H. Shabalin, К. К. Yaroshenko, S. P. Buhera

SI “Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of NAS
of Ukraine”, 34a, Palladin ave, Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine



The main feature of bentonite clays is their high sorption capacity with respect to various radionuclides. The study of sorption kinetics of 137Cs was performed in the static mode by natural and industrial soda modified (PBA-20) samples of bentonite clays of Cherkasy deposit of bentonite and paligorskite clays from groundwater model solutions of radioactive waste disposal facilities of “Vector” production complex under various pH and solution mineralisation. The desorption of occluded samples was studied in distilled water and acetateammonium buffer solution. The value of the degree of sorption (S) for 137Cs on the modified samples exceeds 90%, for natural bentonite this indicator is lower (about 83–85%). On both types of bentonite with increasing time of their contact with aqueous solution and pH, there is a redistribution of water-soluble, ion-exchange and fixed forms of radionuclide and the share of the latter, that is not participating in migration processes increases, indicating the ability of bentonites to immobilize effectively for a long time. It is shown that Na-modified bentonite has higher proportion of sorption in fixed form compared to natural one and its application increases the probability of irreversible fixation of migrating radionuclides under non-optimal conditions of sorption (high pH (>11) of water after prolonged contact with cement-concrete components of engineering barriers) and thus increases the environmental safety of the storage facility. It is shown that bentonite clays of the Cherkasy deposit can serve as an effective material for creating anti-migration barriers of I and II stages of surface/near-surface storage facilities for radioactive waste disposal at the “Vector” production complex. At the same time, the issue of practical application of bentonite clays of Cherkasy deposit for accurate predictions of securing radioactive waste disposal of Chornobyl origin requires further study of sorption-desorption properties of bentonite clay with respect to other fission products and actinides

Keywords: geopolymer binders, cementation, boroncontaining liquid radioactive waste, leaching of radionuclides.


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