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Title: Environmental radioactivity around steel works : an evaluation of the significance of lead-210 and polonium-210 in environmental samples collected in 1996/97 from around steel works Operated by British Steel at Redcar, Scunthorpe, Llanwern and Port Talbot
Document Type: Monograph
This report describes radioactivity around steel works. The Environment Agency investigates possible atmospheric emissions of natural radionuclides from sinter plants operated by British Steel at their Works at Redcar and Scunthorpe in England, and Llanwem and Port Talbot in South Wales.In 1996, the Agencys National Centre for Regulatory Monitoring (NCRM) arranged for environmental samples to be taken from around the Works and analysed for 210Pb and 210Po. The samples included surface soil, grass, weeds, leaves, road dust and pond water. Soil samples from Redcar and Scunthorpe were also analysed for 23SU and daughters and 232Th. As an indicator of the levels of 210Pb and 210Po in soil and grass/herbage remote from Steel Works in England and Wales, data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and the Agency have been processed and background levels derived. The background data were collated in two categories according to whether they came from urban/industrial areas or rural/semi-rural areas. Some literature values for 2I0Pb and 210Po in soils overseas were also found (and are quoted in Appendix 1) but they were not used in derivation of background levels.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Wantage
Subject Keywords: Radioactive pollutantsRadioactive contaminationSteelIndustrial emissionIndustrial pollutantsAir pollutionSoil pollutionWater pollution
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 22; + appendices
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