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Environmental Assessment of Decommissioning Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) in Northwest Russia

[+] Author Affiliations
A. Hosseini, W. J. F. Standring, J. E. Brown, M. Dowdall, I. B. Amundsen

Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, O̸sterås, Norway

Paper No. ICEM2007-7059, pp. 805-808; 4 pages
doi:10.1115/ICEM2007-7059
From:
  • The 11th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • 11th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Parts A and B
  • Bruges, Belgium, September 2–6, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4339-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3818-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

This article presents some results from assessment work conducted as part of a joint Norwegian-Russian project to decommission radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) in Northwest Russia. Potential worst case accident scenarios, based on the decommissioning procedures for RTGs, were assessed to study possible radiation effects to the environment. Close contact with exposed RTG sources will result in detrimental health effects. However, doses to marine biota from ingestion of radioactivity under the worst-case marine scenario studied were lower than threshold limits given in IAEA literature.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME

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