Volume 44, Number 5, 2009ECORAD 2008 - Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity
|Page(s)||407 - 412|
|Published online||06 June 2009|
Calculating the consequences of recovery, a European model for inhabited areas
Health Protection Agency, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, OX11 0RQ Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, UK
2 Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, PO Box 49, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
3 Helmholtz-Zentrum Muenchen, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
4 Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, IKET, Bau 433, Postfach 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
5 DEMA – Danish Emergency Management Agency, Datavej 16, 3460 Birkerød, Denmark
6 PDC – Prolog Development Center, H.J. Holst Vej 3C – 5C, 2605 Brøndby, Denmark
7 Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz - SW 3.2, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Oberschleißheim, Germany
The European Model for Inhabited Areas (ERMIN) was developed to allow a user to explore different recovery options following the contamination of an urban environment with radioactive material and to refine an appropriate strategy for the whole region affected. The input data include a description of the environment, initial deposition of radionuclides on to a reference surface and a description of countermeasures. Output information includes the average doses to members of the public from external exposure to gamma and beta radiation from deposited radionuclides and inhalation of resuspended radioactivity, the contamination on urban surfaces, the activity concentration in air from resuspension, the doses to workers undertaking the recovery work, the quantity and activity of waste generated and the cost and work required to implement the countermeasure. ERMIN has been designed to be implemented as a tool that supports the approach of decision-makers and allows the area to be broken down into smaller regions where different conditions prevail and different countermeasure packages are enacted.
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