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

In anticipation of repatriation plans this year of highly wasteful
radioactive materials 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) would like 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 about 20m from the transport vehicle, they are around
from 3 - 6 µSv / h. This corresponds to the level of radiation to which
passengers on a long-haul flight at usual altitude (representation
graphic available at http://www.grs.de).
In anticipation of the numerous repatriation 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
transport of radioactive waste to the population, equipment and support staff. The results of the study are published in the report "Safety analysis for the transport of radioactive elements and
spent fuel in the Gorleben region »GRS-A-2814 date of August 2000
and available at 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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