THE IMPACT OF CONVENTIONAL AND NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES ON THE POPULATION - A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE RADIOACTIVE AND CHEMICAL ASPECTS
This study was carried out to make it possible to assess and localize in an objective manner the extent of the hazards and associated detrimental effects which are inherent in nuclear and non-nuclear industrial activities, among all the hazards to which the population of a given region is exposed. Rather than carry out a purely theoretical and speculative study a region was chosen as a basis to carry out a full-scale exercise, taking into account the existing real situation. The region chosen is situated in the south-east of France (Greater Rhone Delta) where almost all industrial activities can be found: electricity generating industries (thermal and nuclear power stations), the activities associated with them (extraction, processing, storage of waste, etc.) and industrial activities which are sources of pollution (refineries, chemical industries, etc.). To put the risks of all these activities (to workers, the public and the environment) in perspective, the case of other sources of risk, such as certain agricultural and medical activities, as well as exposure to natural radiation, were considered. The methodology developed from this study should be useful for authorities called upon to define economic orientations, industrial development and pollution abatement programmes on a regional scale, by providing an objective view of the hierarchy of risks and their distribution within the population.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10557 EN (1988) FS, PP 343, ECU 30.00, AVAILABILITY: EUROFFICE LUXEMBOURG, BP 1003, GDL
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Record Number: 1989126091500 / Last updated on: 1989-05-01
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