Saturday, April 9, 2011

How To Remove Radioactive Iodine-131 From Drinking Water

Jeff McMahon
Forbes
Apr. 7 2011 - 9:03 am

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends reverse osmosis water treatment to remove radioactive isotopes that emit beta-particle radiation. But iodine-131, a beta emitter, is typically present in water as a dissolved gas, and reverse osmosis is known to be ineffective at capturing gases.

A combination of technologies, however, may remove most or all of the iodine-131 that finds its way into tap water, all available in consumer products for home water treatment.
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