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Radionuclides in whole diets of people living near the Sellafield nuclear complex, UK

Sanchez, A.L.; Singleton, D.; Walters, B.; Cobb, J.. 1997 Radionuclides in whole diets of people living near the Sellafield nuclear complex, UK. Journal of Radioanalytical Nuclear Chemistry, 226 (1-2). 267-274.

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Abstract/Summary

The British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) complex (Sellafield) in Cumbria discharges into the atmosphere, under authodzatiou by the Environment Agency (and previously, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)), radioactive waste consisting of gases, mists and dusts. As part of MAFF's radiological surveillance programme, the intake of radionuclides via food ingestion by members of the public living near this nuclear installation is routinely assessed from measurements made on local food and environmental samples and by using cnmputer models simulating the dispersion and incorporation of radioactivity into foodstuffs. In this study, the individual diets of adults and children living near the SeUafield complex and those from a control group were assessed for their radionuclide content. The participants were selected via a food survey questionnaire which was aimed at identifying those who consume home grown fruits and vegetables or derive these from local sources. The diets were collected over a one-week period in August 1995 and following radiochemical analyses of the diets for 239+240pu, 137Cs, 90Sr, 14C and 129I, the doses received by the participants from these nuclides were extrapolated over a one-year period and compared to doses calculated from food surveillance data and to doses predicted using the MAFF food-chain computer model.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0236-5731
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Health
Date made live: 21 Feb 2013 14:40 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21275

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