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There is uncertainty in all aspects of assessing the consequences of accidental releases of radioactive material, from understanding and describing the environmental and biological transfer processes to modelling emergency response. The main conclusions of the CEC/USDOE Workshop on Uncertainty Analysis held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November 1989 are summarised in this paper. These are discussed in the context of three different types of accident consequence assessment: probabilistic assessments of accident consequences undertaken as inputs to risk analyses of nuclear installations, assessment of accident consequences in real time to provide inputs to decisions on the introduction of countermeasures, and the reconstruction of doses and risks resulting from past releases of radioactive material.

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Authors: ELDERKIN C, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (US);KELLY G N, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Seminar on Methods and Codes for Assessing the Off-site Consequences of Nuclear Accidents, Athens (GR), May 7-11, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35570 ORA
Record Number: 199011747 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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