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Health Phys. 2011 Jul;101(1):48-58. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182078333.

Conservatism in effective dose calculations for accident events involving fuel reprocessing waste tanks.

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Bevelacqua Resources, 343 Adair Drive, Suite 100, Richland, WA 99352, USA. bevelresou@aol.com

Abstract

Conservatism in the calculation of the effective dose following an airborne release from an accident involving a fuel reprocessing waste tank is examined. Within the regulatory constraints at the Hanford Site, deterministic effective dose calculations are conservative by at least an order of magnitude. Deterministic calculations should be used with caution in reaching decisions associated with required safety systems and mitigation philosophy related to the accidental release of airborne radioactive material to the environment.

PMID:
21617391
DOI:
10.1097/HP.0b013e3182078333
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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