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Independent environmental monitoring and public dose assessment around the Canadian Nuclear Power Plants

  • S. Hamlat
  • P. Thompson
  • M. Rinker
  • N. St-Amant
  • P. Pan
  • K. Peters
  • E. Dagher
  • S. Jovanovic
  • K. Sauvé
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Abstract

Radiological impact to members of the public living around the Canadian Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) was assessed using environmental monitoring data for tritium, gross alpha, 137Cs and 131I and dose calculations. The monitoring data exhibited concentrations much lower than guidelines and are comparable to other results in Canada. Tritium is the most significant radionuclide and major contributor to the very low dose (µSv y−1), to members of the public. The tritium dose was a fraction of the regulatory dose limit and background radiation dose. The public living around Canadian NPPs is not exposed to radiation that would result in a radiological impact.

Keywords

Radioactivity measurement Environmental monitoring Dose assessment NPPs Tritium 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank site Inspectors and staff (Environmental Compliance Group and Laboratory Services Division) for their collaboration in providing logistical support, and contribution to the design of the sampling plans, and collecting samples during 2013 and 2015 sampling campaigns.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)OttawaCanada

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