Sorption of Th(IV) on Na-rectorite as a function of pH, ionic strength, soil humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) are studied
under ambient conditions by using a batch technique. The results indicate that the sorption of Th(IV) on Na-rectorite is not
only dependent on medium pH values, but also dependent on medium ionic strength and humic substances. Surface complexation
and cation competition exchange account for Th(IV) sorption on Na-rectorite. The sorption of Th(IV) on Na-rectorite decreases
with the increase on the concentration of NaNO3, Mg(NO3)2 and Ca(NO3)2, and increases with the increasing amount of HA/FA in the suspension/adsorbed on rectorite. Soil HA/FA enhances the sorption
of Th(IV) on rectorite at medium pH<4 drastically, but the presence of FA reduces the sorption of Th(IV) at medium pH>6, and
HA has no effect on Th(IV) sorption at medium pH>6. An interpretation for the results is attempted, considering the occurrence
of different sorption mechanisms.