Evaluation of the environmental risk associated with the radiological liquid discharges from the Belgian nuclear power plants

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    SCK•CEN has been commissioned by Electrabel (GDF-Suez) to perform an environmental impact and risk assessment resulting from the liquid radioactive discharges from the Belgian Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) of Doel and Tihange. Present report provides the results of the dose and risk assessments based on the methodology presented in Deliverable 2. Environmental risk assessments were performed for the radiological discharge limits for the Doel and Tihange NPP and for the actual releases (maxima and averages over last 10 years 1999-2008) for these power plants. Environmental media concentrations for these situations were predicted following a conservative box-dilution approach and a more realistic approach using the Schaeffer model. The predicted concentrations are compared with monitoring results for the River Meuse and Scheldt obtained under the surveillance programme of the Federal Agency of Nuclear Control (FANC/AFCN). Only for a few radionuclides, sediment concentrations above the detection limits were measured. Comparison of these measurements with the predicted values show that most measured concentrations in sediment lie between those predicted by the box dilution river model (about 10 times higher) and those predicted by the Schaeffer river model at the sampling location. The Schaeffer river model takes into account more river processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherSCK CEN
    Number of pages64
    StatePublished - 30 Jun 2010

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    NameSCK•CEN Reports
    PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie

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