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Abstract

This study completes a two-stage programme, supported by the Commission of the European Communities, on management modes for iodine-129. The models for the radiological assessment of iodine-129 management modes have been reviewed and, where necessary, revised, and a generic radiological assessment has been carried out using these models. Cost benefit analysis has been demonstrated for a variety of iodine-129 management modes; for a wide range of assumptions, the costs of abatement of atmospheric discharges would be outweighed by the radiological benefits. The cost benefit analysis thus complements and confirms the preliminary conclusion of the previous study: iodine-129 should be trapped to a large extent from the off-gases of a large reprocessing plant and disposed of by other suitable means, in order to ensure that all exposures from this radionuclide are as low as reasonably achievable. Once the major fraction of the iodine-129 throughput of a reprocessing plant has been trapped from the dissolver off-gases, there are unlikely to be strong radiation protection incentives either for further trapping from the dissolver off-gases or for trapping from the vessel off-gases. In a generic study it is not possible to state an optimum choice of processes for abatement of atmospheric discharges of iodine-129. This choice must be determined by assessments in the specific context of a particular reprocessing plant, its site, the waste disposal routes that are actually available, and also in the wider context of the management plans for all radioactive wastes at the plant in question.

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Authors: WHITE I F, NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK);SMITH G M NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK), NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9267 EN (1984) FS, 68 P., BFR 250, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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