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Health Physics:
doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182078333
Paper

CONSERVATISM IN EFFECTIVE DOSE CALCULATIONS FOR ACCIDENT EVENTS INVOLVING FUEL REPROCESSING WASTE TANKS

Bevelacqua, J. J.*

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Abstract

Conservatism in the calculation of the effective dose following an airborne release from an accident involving a fuel reprocessing waste tank is examined. Within the regulatory constraints at the Hanford Site, deterministic effective dose calculations are conservative by at least an order of magnitude. Deterministic calculations should be used with caution in reaching decisions associated with required safety systems and mitigation philosophy related to the accidental release of airborne radioactive material to the environment.

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