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Decision-making in environmental radiation protection: using the ERICA Integrated Approach

Zinger I, Copplestone D & Howard BJ (2008) Decision-making in environmental radiation protection: using the ERICA Integrated Approach, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 99 (9), pp. 1510-1518.

The ERICA Integrated Approach and its associated tool and databases provide a method by which the likely impact of radioactive discharges on the environment can be evaluated, see Fig. 1. The various factors, which should be taken into account when making decisions both during and after an assessment has been made, are discussed for each stage in the assessment process for a hypothetical case study. The assessment will demonstrate the issues associated with the decision-making process at Tiers 1 and 2 within the ERICA Tool and how they may vary. The case study, set in England, evaluates the environmental impact of radioactive substances released under authorisation in response primarily to conservation legislation, because of the need to demonstrate that no adverse impacts will occur on Natura 2000 sites as a result of the release of an authorised substance.

decision-making; environmental radiation protection; decision support tools; ionising radiation; non-human species; ERICA; risk assessment; biota

AuthorsZinger Irene, Copplestone David, Howard Brenda J
Publication date09/2008
ISSN 0265-931X

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity: Volume 99, Issue 9 (SEP 2008)

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