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Radionuclides in house dust

Technical Report:

Abstract

Discharges of radionuclides from the British Nuclear Fuel plc (BNFL) reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria have led to elevated concentrations radionuclides in the local environment. The major routes of exposure of the public are kept under review by the appropriate authorising Government departments and monitoring is carried out both by the departments and by BNFL itself. Recently, there has been increasing public concern about general environmental contamination resulting from the discharges and, in particular, about possible exposure of members of the public by routes not previously investigated in detail. One such postulated route of exposure that has attracted the interest of the public, the press and Parliament arises from the presence of radionuclides within houses. In view of this obvious and widespread concern, the Board has undertaken a sampling programme in a few communities in Cumbria to assess the radiological significance of this source of exposure. From the results of our study, we conclude that, although radionuclides originating rom the BNFL site can be detected in house dust, this source of contamination is a negligible route of exposure for members of the public in West Cumbria. This report presents the results of the Board's study of house dust in  More>>
Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1985
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NRPB-R-181
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Refs, 1 fig., 3 tabs; PBD: Apr 1985
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CHRONIC EXPOSURE; CHRONIC INTAKE; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIATION MONITORING; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; SELLAFIELD REPROCESSING PLANT
OSTI ID:
20327308
Research Organizations:
National Radiological Protection Board, Harwell (United Kingdom)
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 0 85951 249 5; TRN: GB02$7765016698
Availability:
Available from H.M. Stationery Office, price Pound 4.00
Submitting Site:
GBN
Size:
17 pages
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Citation Formats

Fry, F A, Green, N, Dodd, N J, and Hammond, D J. Radionuclides in house dust. United Kingdom: N. p., 1985. Web.
Fry, F A, Green, N, Dodd, N J, & Hammond, D J. Radionuclides in house dust. United Kingdom.
Fry, F A, Green, N, Dodd, N J, and Hammond, D J. 1985. "Radionuclides in house dust." United Kingdom.
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title = {Radionuclides in house dust}
author = {Fry, F A, Green, N, Dodd, N J, and Hammond, D J}
abstractNote = {Discharges of radionuclides from the British Nuclear Fuel plc (BNFL) reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria have led to elevated concentrations radionuclides in the local environment. The major routes of exposure of the public are kept under review by the appropriate authorising Government departments and monitoring is carried out both by the departments and by BNFL itself. Recently, there has been increasing public concern about general environmental contamination resulting from the discharges and, in particular, about possible exposure of members of the public by routes not previously investigated in detail. One such postulated route of exposure that has attracted the interest of the public, the press and Parliament arises from the presence of radionuclides within houses. In view of this obvious and widespread concern, the Board has undertaken a sampling programme in a few communities in Cumbria to assess the radiological significance of this source of exposure. From the results of our study, we conclude that, although radionuclides originating rom the BNFL site can be detected in house dust, this source of contamination is a negligible route of exposure for members of the public in West Cumbria. This report presents the results of the Board's study of house dust in twenty homes in Cumbria during the spring and summer of 1984. A more intensive investigation is being carried out by Imperial College. (author)}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1985}
month = {Apr}
}