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The radiological impact of an intense fusion economy, a 1000 GW operating capacity for 1000 years, were investigated regarding the isotopes 14C and tritium. Both isotopes participate in global material cycles, the carbon and the water cycle. If a retention time of 10 000 years is assumed for the stored waste, 14C emissions from the repositories dominate the radiation impacts. While the combined collective doses over a long term period are rather high and according to the discount rate selected would lead to significant external costs, the individual doses are small compared with the doses associated with the natural background radiation.

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Authors: HAMACHER T, Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik, Garching (DE);KORHONEN R, VTT Energy, Helsinki (FI). Studsvik Eco & Safety AB, Nykoping (SV), CIEMAT, Madrid (ES);AQUILONIUS K, CEPN - Association Euratom - CEA, Fontenay aux Roses (FR);HALLBERG B, CEPN - Association Euratom - CEA, Fontenay aux Roses (FR);CABAL H, UKAEA, Culham (GB);LECHON Y, UKAEA, Culham (GB);SAEZ R M, UKAEA, Culham (GB);LEPICARD S, ;SCHNEIDER T, ;WARD D,
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Fusion Engineering and Design, 58-59 (2001) 1037-1042
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