Research and analysis

Radionuclide discharges to sewers

Investigates the effects of authorised discharges of liquid radioactive waste into the sewage system.

Documents

Radionuclide discharges to sewer- a field investigation

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Radionuclide partitioning during sewage treatment- Radionucleotide discharges to sewer

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Radionuclide partitioning to sewage sludge - a laboratory investigation

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Radionuclides Handbook (pdf version only) (pdf version)

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The Environment Agency’s tool for modelling radioactive discharges in sewage is fairly accurate but could be updated for a handful of radio-elements, according to two new reports, the second of which found that iodine-131 discharges from a London hospital would expose the public to only a few percent of the annual dose limit at the very most. The reports were commissioned by the Environment Agency to investigate the effects of authorised discharges of liquid radioactive waste into the sewage system.

Published 1 September 2007