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

Bevelacqua, J. J.*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182078333
Paper

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.

* Bevelacqua Resources, 343 Adair Drive, Suite 100, Richland, WA 99352.

For correspondence contact the author at the above address, or email at bevelresou@aol.com.

(Manuscript accepted 18 November 2010).

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