Journal Article

Radiological health risk evaluation of radium contaminated land: a real life implementation

J. Paridaens

in Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Volume 113, issue 2, pages 195-203
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 0144-8420
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1742-3406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/nch447
Radiological health risk evaluation of radium contaminated land: a real life implementation

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A plot of land, currently used for dairy farming, has been contaminated over the years with radium due to the operation of one of the world's largest radium production plants. Within the framework of a global remediation approach for the plant surroundings, the land owner needed advice for a future destination of the land. Therefore, the radium contamination was accurately mapped, and on the basis of its severity a practically feasible subdivision of the land into four plots was proposed. For all four plots, the radiological risk was evaluated for the current type of land use and for possible alternative types. Hence a clear and useable advice could be formulated to the authorities reconciling public health, economic and practical issues.

Journal Article.  5222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nuclear Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Radiation

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