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A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals

Citation
Brown J, Alfonso B, Avila RM, Beresford NA, Copplestone D & Hosseini A (2016) A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 153, pp. 141-148.

Abstract
A new version of the ERICA Tool (version 1.2) was released in November 2014; this constitutes the first major update of the Tool since release in 2007. The key features of the update are presented in this article. Of particular note are new transfer databases extracted from an international compilation of concentration ratios (CRwo-media) and the modification of ‘extrapolation’ approaches used to select transfer data in cases where information is not available. Bayesian updating approaches have been used in some cases to draw on relevant information that would otherwise have been excluded in the process of deriving CRwo-media statistics. All of these efforts have in turn led to the requirement to update Environmental Media Concentration Limits (EMCLs) used in Tier 1 assessments. Some of the significant changes with regard to EMCLs are highlighted.

Keywords
Environmental risk assessment; Non-human biota; ERICA tool

StatusPublished
AuthorsBrown Justin, Alfonso Boris, Avila Rodolfo Moreno, Beresford Nicholas A, Copplestone David, Hosseini Ali
Publication date03/2016
Publication date online07/01/2016
Date accepted by journal08/12/2015
PublisherElsevier
ISSN 0265-931X
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity: Volume 153 (2016)

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