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In the environs of uranium mining, milling and processing facilities and in the uranium mineralized terrain, a little higher ambient radon concentration and gamma radiation level may be expected in comparison with natural background. The present study gives a brief account of atmospheric radon concentration, gamma absorbed dose rate and radiation dose received by the members of public in the vicinity of Narwapahar uranium mine. The ambient radon concentration in the air in the study area was found to vary from 5 to 107 Bq m−3 with geometric mean of 24 Bq m−3 and geometric standard deviation of 1.74 Bq m−3. The measured gamma absorbed dose rate in air at 1 m above the ground ranged from 87 to 220 nGy h−1 with an overall arithmetic mean of 128 ± 18.5 nGy h−1. The mean annual effective dose received by the members of public from inhalation of radon and its progeny and external gamma exposure was estimated to be 0.32 mSv year−1, which is comparable to other reported values elsewhere.

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This study presents the high purity germanium (HPGe) gamma spectrometric measurement of natural radioactivity mainly due to 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil samples collected in Ferozepur and Faridkot district of Punjab, India. 226Ra activity varied from 28.6 to 51.1 Bq kg−1 with the mean of 39.7 Bq kg−1. The range and mean activity of 232Th were 42.9–73.2 and 58.2 Bq kg−1, respectively. 40K activity was in the range of 470.9–754.9 Bq kg−1 with the mean of 595.2 Bq kg−1. The air kerma rate (AKR) at 1 m height from the ground was also measured using gamma survey meter in all the sampling locations, which was ranging from 92.1 to 122.8 nGy h−1 with the mean of 110.6 nGy h−1. The radiological parameters such as Raeq and activity index of the soil samples were also evaluated, which are the tools to assess the external radiation hazard due to building materials. The mean and range of the Raeq values were 168.7 and 132.9–210.4 Bq kg−1, respectively, whereas the activity index varied from 0.5 to 0.8 with the mean value of 0.62. These indices show that the indoor external dose due to natural radioactivity in the soil used for the construction will not exceed the dose criteria. The AKR was also evaluated from soil activity concentration and altitude correction of cosmic radiation contribution. The statistical tests such as Pearson correlation, spearman rank correlation, box and whisker plot, the Wilcoxon/Mann–Whitney test and chi-square test, were used to compare the measured AKR with evaluated AKR, which indicates good correlation.

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