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When the radioactivity levels actually ingested after the Chernobyl accident by the populations of various European countries were being assessed, it was decided to conduct in vivo measurements and measurements on excreta. The data acquired in this way for a wide range of different populations are reviewed in this report. Caesium (137Cs and 134Cs) and iodine-131, were the only radionuclides to be studied systematically. It is shown that the levels of radioactivity ingested, calculated on the basis of measurements in the food chain, were constantly overestimated by up to one order of magnitude. It is also shown that there is a good correlation between the geographical distribution of the quantities ingested and the charted radionuclide deposits.

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Authors: DESPRES A, CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13054 EN (1990) 69 pp., FS, ECU 6.25
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1731-9
Record Number: 199011616 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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