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Radioactive materials; transport in the UK, 2005 review

This report (HPA-RPD-021) describes accidents and incidents involving transport of radioactive materials to, from or within the UK in 2005.

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HPA-RPD-021: radiological consequences resulting from accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK - 2005 review

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During 2005 there were 16 accidents and incidents, involving the transport of radioactive materials from, to, or within the UK, and this report includes descriptions of each event. None of these reported events involved significant radiological consequences.

The number of events in 2005 was less than the 20 reported for 2004 and greater than the 11 reported in 2003.

This decrease compared to 2004 is likely to represent a statistical variation in the annual number of events, rather than indicating an overall trend.

In recent years the number of incidents of excess contamination on irradiated nuclear fuel flasks has returned to historical levels following an increase in the late 1990s and early 2000s. There were no events involving excess contamination on these flasks in 2005.

The details of these events have been entered into the Radioactive Material Transport Event Database (RAMTED).