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Introduction

It is now generally accepted that there is a need to explicitly demonstrate that the environment is protected from authorised discharges of radioactive substances. In response a number of assessment tools (models) have been developed. As the need for environmental assessment increases there is a requirement to ensure that regulators, industry and their representatives are: conversant with assessment objectives; know how to use available tool; can interpret the results; understand the implications of how the tools are used.The Natural Environment Research Council has provide funding, under the Knowledge Exchange programme, to develop training packages (including on-line training materials) on radiological environmental assessment aimed specifically aimed at regulators and industry and those who may conduct assessment on their behalf. The project is lead by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology with collaborators from the England & Wales Environment Agency, Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN).

The training programme will be focussed towards the use of the ERICA Tool however, we will also consider other approaches.We are intending to run four two day courses although if there is sufficient demand we may be able to arrange more. To date two courses have been held in April and November 2010; the dates for the next course are 12th - 14th October 2011.  See Training courses - schedule & details to register an interest in attending a course. If you want to be kept informed of our activities please register to receive our Newsletters (next edition due early in 2011).

As this website (well it's a Wiki really) and training programme develop there will be interactive training materials available. All of the outputs from the EC EURATOM PROTECT project have been moved to this website as have those from the earlier EURATOM projects ERICA, FASSET and EPIC.

What's on the website
A few tips for using the wiki

News

Situation at Japanese Nuclear Reactors

We realise that some people may be finding this site whilst looking for information on radioactive releases from nuclear power plants in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. If this is the case you may find the following links useful:

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International Atomic Energy Agency front page

has links to updates from their Incident Emergency Centre and news page which has regular updates.

The

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Nuclear Industry and Safety Agency

(Japan) website has press releases which include monitoring data.

The

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New York Times

website has a diagrammatic explanation of reactor shut down and meltdown.

The

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BBC website

provides live updates.

Currently we are unable to comment on the situation as this would be largely speculative and therefore not very helpful. However, we will continue to update links on this page if additional useful sources of information become available.

CEH is not responsible for the content of external websites.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the websites are being update continually.

Posted 14/03/2011

IAEA EMRAS II Biota Modelling Group- questionnaire

Your views are required by IAEA EMRAS II Biota Modelling Group. The Biota Modelling Group is reviewing the requirements for dynamic modelling within environmental (i.e. wildlife) radiological assessments, together with an overview of available models. To help achieve this we are consulting with colleagues using a questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found here.
Note: Closing date Extended to 18th March 2011.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett

The next Training course will be held at CEH Lancaster on 12-14th October 2011.

Further information available here.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett

CEH Information Gateway

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. The CEH Information Gateway is a new tool for finding, viewing and accessing CEH's data resources including radioecology datasets. To view available radioecological data type Radioecology into the Search box. More data will be added in the future - one of the intial datasets available is that for natural radionuclide concentrations in soil, sediment and water in England and Wales (see England & Wales EA for report Assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides in England and Wales describing these data).

 Posted by: Catherine Barnett

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