Exposure to radiation during the transport of highly radioactive waste from France

In anticipation of repatriation plans this year of highly wasteful
radioactive material from the La Hague reprocessing plant to Germany,
the association for the safety of nuclear installations and reactors
(GRS - Gesellschaft fur Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH) wishes to inform
on the radioactive radiation of containers:
The measurements taken by the GRS show that the dose rates
(gamma radiation and neutron) near the transport containers
waste (CASTOR HAW 20 / 28 CG) are comparable to the values ​​measured during
old repatriation campaigns.
At a distance of approximately 20m from the transport vehicle, they are of the order
of 3 - 6 μSv / h. This corresponds to the level of radiation to which are exposed
travelers on a long-haul flight at normal altitude (representation
graph available at http://www.grs.de).
In anticipation of the many repatriations of waste from La Hague up to
Gorleben that have taken place since 2001, the GRS had already carried out studies
and in-depth reviews of the radiological consequences of
transportation of radioactive waste on the population, equipment and accompanying personnel. The results of the study are published in the report "Safety Analysis for the Transport of Radioactive Elements and
fuel irradiates in the region of Gorleben »GRS-A-2814 date of August 2000
and available on the website http://www.grs.de. In this report, the issue of radiation exposure near CASTOR containers is also analyzed and illustrated using graphical representations.
On the basis of the results of this security analysis made on demand
of the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU), it turns out that the exhibition
of the population to radioactive radiation during the transport of waste
radioactivity is well below the authorized dose limits.

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contacts:
- http://www.grs.de
-http: //www.bfs.de/bfs/presse/pr04/pr0410.html
Sources: Depeche IDW, GRS Press Release, 21 / 10 / 2004
Editor: Nicolas Condette, nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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