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Monitoring Scrap Metal Radiation


In 2004 and in 2006 a detailed questionnaire was sent out to about 60 countries to identify best practices and obtain a better picture of the current international situation concerning radioactive scrap metal. Questions covered the areas of regulation, monitoring, dispositioning, contracts and reporting. An analysis of the responses from 55 countries in 2004 and in 2006 helped support the development of the UNECE Expert Group “Recommendations on Monitoring Radioactive Scrap Metal”. The analysis helped to identify best practices and areas requiring further attention under the three fields of action: prevention, detection and response. The detailed analysis was presented at the UNECE Expert Group meeting in June 2006. A selection of highlights are presented below (for the whole analysis, please click here.)



Figure 1 . Types of penalties imposed for exceeding the regulatory limits in terms of release of radioactive scrap metal
(using all data provided in the 2004 and 2006 questionnaires)



Figure 2. Summary comparison of types of response action relating to detection
(all respondents to 2004 and 2006 questionnaires)


Figure 3 . Reporting and notification procedures when radioactive scrap metal has been detected
(all respondents to 2004 and 2006 questionnaires)