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Abstract

When radioactive material is handled, treated, administered or stored, and spills or residues and contamination are foreseeable, there must be ways and means of distinguishing between a radioactive waste which needs no further registration and one needing appropriate control and regulation. This report examines the actual situation of exemption from regulatory control for unrestricted or conditional release for disposal of some radioactive waste produced outside the nuclear fuel cycle, particularly in hospitals, research and industry. Recently introduced dose-based and risk-based approaches to exemption are then summarised and their application to radioactive waste produced outside the nuclear fuel cycle is reviewed. It has been shown that current practices are generally safe, but that there is a clear need for harmonisation among European Community member states of exemption levels based on sound radiological protection criteria.

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Authors: SCHALLER K H, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14520 EN (1992) 39 pp., FS, ECU 6
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-5019-7
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