Environmental pathway models for estimating population health effects from disposal of high-level radioactive waste in geologic repositories. Final report
As part of its program to develop environmental standards for disposal of high-level radioactive wastes, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated population health risks for 10,000 years after disposal in mined geologic repositories (EPA85a). This report describes the mathematical models formulated to calculate the environmental risk commitments (ERC's - fatal cancers and serious genetic effects to all generations) that could occur as a result of releases from such repositories. The report also identifies the data chosen to use in these models and presents estimates of the premature fatal cancers caused per unit of radionuclide released to the accessible environment.