Radioactive accidents in the pasts and contamination of soil due to various radioactive materials have necessitated the use of all possible measures for the decontamination of land with minimal loss to the environment. This contamination is caused due to nuclear testing, nuclear waste disposal and sometimes accidents at nuclear power generation plants. Phytoremediation of such contaminated lands provides a very economic and environmentally friendly option which may be utilized on a sustainable basis. The accumulation of radionuclides in soils and their impacts on plants in the nearby areas need to be investigated. The current chapter discusses the knowledge gained after several investigations at sites contaminated due to nuclear radioactive materials. The problem, extent and nature of problem at radioactive contaminated sites and how plants may be utilized for the decontamination of lands and the problems associated with this strategy have been summarized here.
|Title of host publication||Soil Remediation and Plants|
|Subtitle of host publication||Prospects and Challenges|
|Number of pages||29|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- Soil health