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Jurisson, Silvia*; Gawenis, James*; Landa, Edward R.†

Health Physics:
doi: 10.1097/01.HP.0000128583.33124.7d

Study of the sorption of 99mTc radiopharmaceutical compounds by soils has assessed the fate of these compounds in the event of a surface spill and examined the potential of these compounds as hydrologic tracers. Sorption from deionized water, filtered Missouri River water, and artificial seawater by five surface soils was investigated. For all water types, the Tc radiopharmaceutical compounds showed greater sorption than the uncomplexed pertechnetate. The most lipophilic complexes showed the highest sorption on soils.

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* Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211; U.S. Geological Survey, 430 National Center, Reston VA 20192.

For correspondence or reprints contact: E. R. Landa, U.S. Geological Survey, 430 National Center, Reston VA 20192, or email at

(Manuscript received 12 August 2003; revised manuscript received 23 December 2003, accepted 26 June 2004).

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