Environmental and effluent monitoring at ANSTO sites, 2002-2003

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
This report presents the results of environmental and effluent monitoring at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre (LHSTC) and the National Medical Cyclotron (NMC) from January 2002 to June 2003. Potential effective dose rates to the general public from airborne discharges from the LHSTC site were less than 0.01 mSv/year, well below the 1 mSv/year dose rate limit for long term exposure that is recommended by the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. The effective dose rates to hypothetical individuals potentially exposed to radiation in routine liquid effluent discharges from the LHSTC were recently calculated to be less than 0.001 mSv/year. This is much less than dose rates estimated for members of public potentially exposed to airborne emissions. The levels of tritium detected in groundwater and stormwater at the LHSTC were less than the Australian drinking water guidelines. The airborne and liquid effluent emissions from the NMC were below the ARPANSA-approved notification levels and NSW EPA limits, respectively. ANSTO's routine operations at the LHSTC and the NMC make only a very small addition to the natural background radiation dose experienced by members of the Australian public.
ANSTO, Environmental impacts, Radioactive effluents, Water quality
Hoffmann, E. L., Ferris, J. M., & Markich, S.(2003). Environmental and effluent monitoring at ansto sites 2002-2003 (ANSTO/E-752). Lucas Heights, NSW: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.