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129I in the environment of the La Hague nuclear fuel reprocessing plant--from sea to land.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12915059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, particular attention was paid to the long-lived radionuclides discharged with authorized low-level radioactive liquid and gaseous effluents by the nuclear spent fuel reprocessing plants of La Hague and Sellafield. The knowledge of (129)I (half-life=15.7 x 10(6) a) distribution in the environment is required to assess the radiological impact to the environment and population living in the area under the direct influence of La Hague NRP discharges. Measurement difficulties of (129)I in environmental matrices, where it is usually present at trace level, limited data published on (129)I activity levels in the European and more particularly in the French territory. Studies conducted to qualify a new alternative measurement method, direct gamma-X spectrometry with experimental self-absorption correction, led to test samples collected in the La Hague marine and terrestrial environment : seaweeds, lichens, grass, bovine thyroids, etc. All these results, often already published separately for analytical purposes and treated for intercomparison exercises, are presented here together in a radioecological manner. The levels of (129)I activity and (129)I/(127)I ratios in these samples show the spatial and temporal influence of the La Hague NRP in its local near-field environment as well as at the regional scale along the French Channel coast.
C Fréchou; D Calmet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental radioactivity     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0265-931X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Radioact     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-13     Completed Date:  2004-01-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508119     Medline TA:  J Environ Radioact     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
CEA/DEN/DPC/SECR/LANIE, CE Saclay, Bât. 459, F-91191Gif sur Yvette, France .
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Food Chain*
Iodine Radioisotopes / analysis
Lichens / chemistry
Poaceae / chemistry
Power Plants
Radioactive Waste*
Seaweed / chemistry
Thyroid Gland / chemistry
Water Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*,  pharmacokinetics
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Iodine Radioisotopes; 0/Radioactive Waste; 0/Water Pollutants, Radioactive

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