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Transfer of radiocarbon liquid releases from the AREVA La Hague spent fuel reprocessing plant in the English Channel

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The recent risk assessment by the North-Cotentin Radioecology Group (http://www.irsn.org/nord-cotentin/, 1999) outlined that 14 C has become one of the major sources of the low dose to man through seafood consumption. It was recommended that more data should be collected about 14 C in the local marine environment. The present study aims to respond to this recommendation. The estimation of 14 C activity in marine species is based on concentration factor values. The values reported here ranged from 1 Â 10 3 to 5 Â 10 3 Bq kg À1 ww/Bq L À1. A comparison was made between the observed and predicted values. The accuracy of 14 C activity calculations was estimated between underestimation by a factor of 2 and over-estimation by 50% (95% confidence interval). However, the use of the concentration factor parameter is based on the biological and seawater compartments being in steady state. This assumption may not be met at short distances from the point of release of discharges, where rapid changes in seawater concentration may be smoothed out in living organisms due to transfer kinetics. The data processing technique, previously published by Fiévet and Plet (2003. Estimating biological half-lives of radionuclides in marine compartments from environmental time-series measurements. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 65, * Corresponding author. Tel.: þ33 2 33 01 41 01; fax: þ33 2 33 01 41 30. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 90 (2006) 173e196 www.elsevier.com/locate/jenvrad 91e107), was used to deal with 14 C transfer kinetics, and carbon half-lives between seawater and a few biological compartments were thus estimated.

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hal-02433411 , version 1 (13-07-2021)

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Bruno Fiévet, Claire Voiseux, Marianne Rozet, Michel Masson, Pascal Bailly Du Bois. Transfer of radiocarbon liquid releases from the AREVA La Hague spent fuel reprocessing plant in the English Channel. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 2006, 90 (3), pp.173-196. ⟨10.1016/j.jenvrad.2006.06.014⟩. ⟨hal-02433411⟩
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