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Title: Dose Assessment For Marine Biota And Humans From Discharge Of 131I To The Marine Environment And Uptake By Algae In Sydney, Australia
Authors: Carolan, JV
Hughes, CE
Hoffmann, EL
Keywords: Doses
Aquatic ecosystems
New South Wales
Coastal waters
Issue Date: 12-Oct-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Carolan, J.V., Hughes, C.E., Hoffmann, E.L. (2011). Dose assessment for marine biota and humans from discharge of (131)I to the marine environment and uptake by algae in Sydney, Australia. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Vol. 102(SL 10), 953-963. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2009.10.002
Abstract: Iodine-131 reaches the marine environment through its excretion to the sewer by nuclear medicine patients followed by discharge through coastal and deepwater outfalls. 131I has been detected in macroalgae, which bio-accumulate iodine, growing near the coastal outfall of Cronulla sewage treatment plant (STP) since 1995. During this study, 131I levels in liquid effluent and sludge from three Sydney STPs as well as in macroalgae (Ulva sp. and Ecklonia radiata) growing near their shoreline outfalls were measured. Concentration factors of 176 for Ulva sp. and 526 for E. radiata were derived. Radiation dose rates to marine biota from 131I discharged to coastal waters calculated using the ERICA dose assessment tool were below the ERICA screening level of 10 μGy/hr. Radiation dose rates to humans from immersion in seawater or consumption of Ulva sp. containing 131I were three and two orders of magnitude below the IAEA screening level of 10 μSv/year, respectively.(C) 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Gov't Doc #: 2901
ISSN: 0265-931X
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