The Reference Library Contains Various Documents That Are Relevant To Radiological Effluent and Environmental Issues for U.S. Nuclear Power Facilities.
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ODCM - Offsite Dose Calculation Manual
REMP - Radiological Environmental Monitoring Program
RETS - Radiological Effluent Technical Specifications
What are Radiological Effluents?
The term Radiological Effluents refers to routine releases of radioactive liquids and gases from various medical, commercial, military and power production facilities.
How are Radiological Effluents regulated?
The regulations that govern radioactive effluents releases from commercial nuclear power plants are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards for dose limits to a member of the public from the total nuclear fuel cycle in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 190 (or 40 CFR 190). The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has set regulations for commercial nuclear generation stations in 10 CFR 20 and 10 CFR 50.
Why are ODCM doses calculated in terms of Organ Dose rather than Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE)?
EPA 40 CFR 190 is the driving force behind how the ODCM doses are calculated. It requires that compliance be demonstrated in terms of Organ Doses. Until such time that 40 CFR 190 is revised to reflect the more modern dose methodology, effluent doses must continue to be reported as Organ Dose.