The applicability of boron isotopes in determining fate and transport of leachate from electric utility solid waste
Leachate -- Environmental aspects.
Electric power-plants -- Environmental aspects.
AdvisorBassett, R. L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe boron isotopic ratios of three contaminated ground water samples and of leachate from four fly ash samples are shown to be significantly different than the isotopic ratio of naturally occurring boron in a selected ground water. Analysis is performed using thermal ionization mass spectrometry with a precision of less than 1 per mil. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is shown to be ineffective for this application. Boron is isolated from solution and concentrated using Amberlite IRA-743 resin with no isotopic fractionation observed. Boron desorption from fly ash is shown to be rapid. Boron isotopic analysis is shown to be a superior method to boron concentration analysis for identifying leachate in a ground water, (1) at the outer limits of a leachate plume, and, (2) when the difference between the boron concentration of the leachate and background water is small. The degree of contamination can be determined if both end members are known.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Hydrology and Water Resources