Assessing the environmental risk from hot particles in the vicinity of Dounreay - a case for inaction?

D Jackson, DM Stone, K Smith, G Morgan, Tracy Shimmield

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This study assesses the impact on species other than humans associated with radioactive particles present in the marine environment close to the UKAEA Dounreay site, through a review of marine survey data, to establish the distribution of species and the likelihood of encountering a particle, and considering retention, dissolution or absorption of the particle. Assumptions are made regarding particle density, distribution, size and bio- availability of the radioactive materials. From this, impacts are assessed against the likelihood of mortality or other significant harm to individuals and interpreted in terms of local populations. Results obtained indicate that no significant impact, at the population level, is likely to be observed. This does not preclude that some individuals will be affected. It does, however, suggest that any decision to remediate, if based predominantly on environmental considerations, should be cognisant of the damage caused by remediation itself and subsequent exploitation of the environment by humans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A111-A118(8)
Issue number3A)(Sp.Iss
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Nuclear Science & Technology
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging


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