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The procedures for environmental monitoring in the Member States of the European Community are reviewed. Only national surveillance networks, far away from nuclear installations, are considered. Detailed information on sampling and measuring methods for deposited radioactivity, radioactivity in air, water, milk and for ambient gamma dose rate are presented. Some sample results of environmental radioactivity monitoring indicate problems with the intercomparability of the data reported by different EC countries. International and national programmes and proposals for quality assurance and control are reviewed. Data quality objectives (DQOs) are developed for environmental radioactivity monitoring. They include the definition of the accuracy and repeatability of the measurements, and the definition of recording and detection levels. Based on these DQOs, the current problems with intercomparability are put into perspective. Proposals are made for CEC initiatives in quality control, including reporting of national data in a European context, intercomparisons of analytical techniques among the EC countries and organisation of a European network for monitoring levels actually prevailing in the environment.

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Authors: RAES F, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12801 EN (1991) 101 pp., MF, ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 13.75
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Record Number: 199110211 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en