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World high background natural radiation areas: Need to protect public from radiation exposure

Radiation Measurements, 2013 Mar, Vol.50, pp.166-171 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    World high background natural radiation areas: Need to protect public from radiation exposure
  • Author: Sohrabi, M
  • Found In: Radiation Measurements, 2013 Mar, Vol.50, pp.166-171 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Background ; Natural ; Radiation ; Areas ; Inhabitants ; Exposure ; Remediation ; Ramsar
  • Language: English
  • Description: Highlights of findings on radiological measurements, radiobiological and epidemiological studies in some main world high background natural radiation (HBNR) areas such as in Brazil, China, India and Iran are presented and discussed with special regard to remediation of radiation exposure of inhabitants in such areas. The current radiation protection philosophy and recommendations applied to workers and public from operation of radiation and nuclear applications are based on the linear non-threshold (LNT) model. The inhabitants of HBNR and radon prone areas receive relatively high radiation doses. Therefore, according to the LNT concept, the inhabitants in HBNR areas and in particular those in Ramsar are considered at risk and their exposure should be regulated. The HBNR areas in the world have different conditions in terms of dose and population. In particular, the inhabitants in HBNR areas of Ramsar receive very high internal and external exposures. This author believes that the public in such areas should be protected and proposes a plan to remedy high exposure of the inhabitants of the HBNR areas of Ramsar, while maintaining these areas as they stand to establish a national environmental radioactivity park which can be provisionally called “Ramsar Research Natural Radioactivity Park” (RRNRP). The major HBNR areas, the public exposure and the need to remedy exposures of inhabitants are reviewed and discussed. Highlights► Highlights of findings on studies in HBNR areas are reviewed and discussed. ► The need to protect HBNR area inhabitants and remedy public exposure is emphasized. ► A collective approach is proposed to remedy exposure of Ramsar HBNR area inhabitants. ► Relocation of HBNR area inhabitants and establishing a park at the location is proposed. ► The advantages and disadvantages of the methods are discussed and recommendations are made.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1350-4487 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2012.03.011

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