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Industrial Health and Safety: Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned an analysis of estimated radiation doses to members of critical groups living near nuclear power plants from (i) nuclide emissions averaged over one year and (ii) nuclide emissions over a few days resulting from reactor re-fuelling. (221035)

We have been advised that the Food Standards Agency conducts assessments of doses to members of the public, including critical groups, living in the vicinity of licensed nuclear sites. These are based on both authorised annual and short term discharge limits to ensure they are within the dose limit of 1 millisievert. Actual doses to the critical groups are estimated from the findings of annual food and environmental monitoring surveys, published in the Radioactivity in Food Environment reports annually. The Environment Agency is responsible for the authorisation of radioactive discharges from nuclear power plants.