Research and analysis

The past, current and future radiological impact of the sellafield marine discharges on the people living in the coastal communities

The impact of the marine discharges from Sellafield on people living on the coast of the Irish Sea has been assessed using data from past studies.


The Past, Current and Future Radiological Impact of the Sellafield Marine Discharges on the People Living in the Coastal Communities Surrounding the I

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The work described within this report was commissioned by the Environment Agencies (comprising the Environment Agency of England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and the Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Service), as part of the on-going review of the impact of Sellafield discharges. The study used computer modelling to re-assess the radiological impact of past, current and future liquid discharges from Sellafield on the coastal communities surrounding the Irish Sea. The last comprehensive assessment using computer modelling was conducted in 1994 (Barr and Howorth, 1994). A suite of computer models has been used to simulate the transport of Sellafield liquid discharges through the environment and to calculate the resulting past, current and future radiation dose to specified population groups (coastal communities) around the Irish Sea. The period of time considered is from 1950 (the start of Sellafield operations) to 2050.

Published 1 January 2001