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Irradiating the environment: Radiological impacts in life cycle assessment

Solberg-Johansen, B, Clift, R and Jeapes, A (1997) Irradiating the environment: Radiological impacts in life cycle assessment International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2 (1). pp. 16-19.

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One of the main shortcomings of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) when applied to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, is that there is currently no recognised procedure to deal with radionuclide emissions in the Impact Assessment stage. A framework which considers both human and environmental impacts is required and a methodology which is compatible with the other impact assessment approaches in LCA must be developed. It is important that the discussion is not only restricted to concepts, but that a working methodology is developed which can be readily applied by LCA practitioners. A provisional method is available for assessing radiological impacts on human health, but no consideration has been given to potential effects on the environment. A methodology is proposed in this paper which assesses irradiation of the environment using Environmental Increments (EI) as the quality standard. This approach is based on the same principles as for the Ecotoxicity classification group, and it represents a working methodology which can be continuously improved as knowledge in the area increases.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Solberg-Johansen, B
Jeapes, A
Date : 1 December 1997
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:10
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 21:49

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