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.2009.05.010Full text not available from this repository.
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 ...|
|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|
|Date made live:||29 Oct 2009 13:08|
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