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Protection of the environment from ionising radiation in a regulatory context (protect): proposed numerical benchmark values

Andersson, Pal; Garnier-Laplace, Jacqueline; Beresford, Nicholas A.; Copplestone, David; Howard, Brenda J.; Oughton, Deborah; Whitehouse, Paul; Howe, Paul. 2009 Protection of the environment from ionising radiation in a regulatory context (protect): proposed numerical benchmark values. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 100 (12). 1100-1108. 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2009.05.010

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Abstract/Summary

Criteria are needed to be able to judge the level of risk associated with dose rates estimated for nonhuman biota. In this paper, European guidance on the derivation of predicted no-effect chemical concentrations has been applied to appropriate radiation sensitivity data. A species sensitivity distribution fitted to the data for all species resulted in a generic predicted no-effect dose rate of 10 mGy h1. Currently, data are inadequate to derive screening values for separate organism groups. A second, higher, benchmark could aid in decision making by putting results into context on the scale of no effect to a risk of ‘serious’ effect. The need for, meaning and use of such a value needs to be debated by the wider community. This paper explores potential approaches of deriving scientific input to this debate. The concepts proposed in this paper are broadly consistent with the framework for human protection.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2009.05.010
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.2 - Provide the evidence base for setting Environment Quality Standards ...
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Keywords: Screening values, Predicted no-effect dose rate, Species sensitivity distribution, Ecological risk assessment, Radiation protection, Ionising radiation, radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 29 Oct 2009 13:08
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8407

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