Document Details


Title:
LETTER TO B W CHURCH, SUBJECT: MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE CONCENTRATIONS OF RADIOACTIVITY IN MATERIALS OTHER THAN AIR AND WATER (ENCLOSURE RE SAME; ROUTE SLIP, 10/3074 )
Author(s):
JIERREE, C C [AEC-ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, THE U.S.]
Subject Terms:
RADIATION PROTECTION STANDARDS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RECOMMENDATIONS
Addressee:
CHURCH B W
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date:
1974 Oct 29
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0011
Accession Number:
NV0067610
Originating Research Org.:
ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION-CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
THE MOST SENSIBLE SOULUTION TO HANDLING RADIOACTIVELY ACTIVATED AND CO NTAMINATED MATERIALS OTHER THAN AIR AND WATER IS BY PRODUCING A SET OF STANDARDS GIVING MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE CONCENTRATIONS (MPC) OF RADIOISOT OPES IN SUCH MATERIALS. SOME OBSERVATIONS LEADING TO THIS CONCLUSION A RE: 1. THERE NOW EXIST MANY AGENCIES, INCONSISTENT WITH EACH OTHER, DE ALING WITH SUCH DISPOSAL. THERE IS NEED FOR STANDARDIZATION. NO ONE AG ENCY HAS COMPLETE JURISDICTION. 2. HANDLING ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS IS NECESSARY AND ACCEPTABLE PARTICULARLY FOR PAST COMMITMENTS, BUT MPC T YPE GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE ACTIONS WOULD BE HELPFUL. 3. THE AMOUNT OF A CTIVATED OR CONTAMINATED MATERIALS IS PRESENTLY LARGE AND WILL INCREAS E AS USAGE OF AND RESEARCH IN FISSION AND FUSION PROCESSES INCREASES. 4. THE SETTING OF STANDARDS IN SOLIDS (AND GASES AND LIQUIDS OTHER THA N AIR AND WATER) WILL REQUIRE A VERY SIGNIFICANT EFFORT (INCLUDING SOM E R&D WORK) BUT WILL BE AN ECONOMICAL BENEFIT IN THE LONG RUN AS OPPOS ED TO CONSIDERING EACH ITEM IN THE FUTURE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. 5. A PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORT OF SIGNIFICANT PROPORTIONS IS NEEDED NOW AND SHOULD ACCOMPANY STANDARD SETTING, SINCE THE PRIME PROBLEM NOW IS PUB LIC MISUNDERSTANDING OF RELATED TERMINOLOGY AND OF THE DEPTH TO WHICH THE RESEARCH EFFORT GOES IN THE STANDARD SETTING PROCESS. 6. EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON REUSE AND CONSERVATION OF MATERIALS. CONSIDERATIO N AIR AND WATER) WILL REQUIRE A VERY SIGNIFICANT EFFORT (INCLUDING SOM E R&D WORK) BUT WILL BE AN ECONOMICAL BENEFIT IN THE LONG RUN AS OPPOS ED TO CONSIDERING EACH ITEM IN THE FUTURE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. 5. PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORT OF SIGNIFICANT PROPORTIONS IS NEEDED NOW AND S HOULD ACCOMPANY STANDARD SETTING, SINCE THE PRIME PROBLEM NOW IS PUBLI C MISUNDERSTANDING AND CONSERVATION OF MATERIALS. CONSIDERATION OF THI S OBJECTIVE IS NEEDED IN THE STANDARD SETTING PROCESS. 7. THE LONG-RAN GE NAD OVERALL VIEWPOINT SHOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED IN SETTING THE GENERAL TREND OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES INCLUDING STANDARD SETTING.


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