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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Author(s): Copplestone, David
Larsson, Carl-Magnus
Strand, Per
Sneve, Malgorzata K
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Title: Protection of the environment in existing exposure situations
Citation: Copplestone D, Larsson C, Strand P & Sneve MK (2016) Protection of the environment in existing exposure situations. ICRP 2015 - Third International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, Seoul, South Korea, 20.10.2015-22.10.2015. Annals of the ICRP, 45 (1_suppl), pp. 91-105.
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Conference Name: ICRP 2015 - Third International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection
Conference Dates: 2015-10-20 - 2015-10-22
Conference Location: Seoul, South Korea
Abstract: The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) described its approach to the protection of the environment and how it should be applied inPublication 124. The report expanded on the Commission’s objectives for environmental protection, and how the Derived Consideration Reference Levels (DCRLs) apply within different exposure situations. DCRLs relate radiation effects to doses over and above their normal local background radiation levels, and consider different potential pathways of exposure for animals and plants. This paper will describe how the DCRLs may be used within existing exposure situations to better understand the potential impacts on animals and plants. In these circumstances, the Commission recommends that the aim be to reduce exposures to levels that are within the DCRL bands (or even below, depending upon the potential cost/benefits), but with full consideration of the radiological and non-radiological consequences of doing so. Using examples, this paper will demonstrate how this may be achieved in practice, bearing in mind the potential exposure of humans, animals and plants during and following any remediation attempted.
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