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Abstract

The contamination of agricultural land is an important potential consequence of accidental releases of radioactive materials to atmosphere and must be considered in accident consequence assessments. In this report the terrestrial foodchain models used in Europe are reviewed in the context of the assessment of accidental releases. The influence of the time of the year at which a release occurs on the agricultural consequences is discussed, as is the relative importance of the terrestrial foodchain pathway compared with other long-term exposure pathways. Recommendations are made on the most appropriate type of foodchain model for use in accident consequence assessments and the limitations of various parts of the modelling system are identified. In addition, the importance of aquatic foodchain pathways following accidental releases to atmosphere is briefly discussed. This investigation into the transfer of radionuclides through foodchains was carried out as part of project MARIA (Methods for Assessing the Radiological Impact of Accidents), a programme of work to review and improve methods for nuclear accident consequence assessments.

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Authors: SIMMONDS J R, NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK);KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE (GERMANY);HAYWOOD S M, NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK);KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE (GERMANY);STEINHAUER C NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK), NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK);KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE (GERMANY);KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE (GERMANY), NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD, CHILTON, DIDCOT (UK);KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11255 EN (1987) FS, 35 P., BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989126053800 / Last updated on: 1989-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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