Potential for biocolloid transport of cesium at high ionic strength.

Affiliation

Repository Science and Operations, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1400 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

In subsurface repositories, active bacterial populations may directly influence the fate and transport of radionuclides including in salt repository systems like the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. This research quantified the potential for transport and interaction between Chromohalobacter sp. and Cs in a high ionic strength system (2.6 M NaCl) containing natural minerals. Mini-column experiments showed that Chromohalobacter moved nearly un-retarded under these conditions and that there was neither association of Cs with microbes nor dolomite despite changes in bacterial metabolic phases. Growth batch experiments that monitored the potential uptake of Cs into the microbes confirmed results in column experiments where intracellular uptake of Cs by Chromohalobacter was not observed. These results show that Cs may be highly mobile if released in high ionic strength systems and/or carbonate minerals with negligible inhibition by these microbes.

Keywords

Biocolloids,Cesium,Chromohalobacter,Dolomite,Radionuclide transport,

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