The Radiological Situation at the Atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa
Report by an International Advisory Committee
Main Report

Radiological Assessment Reports Series 1

Subject Classification: 0609-Radiation protection

English STI/PUB/1028; (ISBN:92-0-101198-9); 282 pp.; 132 figures; € 87.00; Date Published: 1998

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The Main Report, which incorporates the bilingual (English/French) Executive Summary (see above), gives a comprehensive scientific account of the Study, together with data on the French nuclear weapon tests. It presents the results of the Study's assessment of the environmental legacy of weapon testing at the atolls and estimates of consequent radiation doses at present and in the future, drawing on the supporting detailed Technical Report. The findings, conclusions and recommendation are presented, together with an account of their basis in radiation protection and further background material to provide perspective. Contents: Executive Summary; Part A: Background: 1. The Study; 2. Geography, geology and history of the atolls; 3. Nuclear testing programme; Part B: Present and predicted radiological situations: 4. Inventory of residual radioactive material in the biosphere at the atolls; 5. Inventory of residual radioactive material in the geosphere of the atolls; 6. Transport of residual radioactive material through the geosphere; 7. Effects of hypothetical disruptive events; 8. Transport of residual radioactive material through the marine environment; Part C: Results I; 9. Radiation doses and their potential for impact on human health; 10. Potential impact of radiation doses on biota; 11. The need for remediation; Perspective; Part D: Conclusions and recommendations; 12. Findings; 13. Conclusions; 14. Recommendation; References; Annex I: Retrospective assessment of the radiation doses attributable to atmospheric testing at the atolls; Annex II: Ciguatera: Incidence and cause; Annex III: Ionizing radiation: Levels and biological effects; Annex IV: Some fission and fusion physics and the testing of nuclear weapons; Glossary. Purchasers of the Main Report will automatically receive the Summary Report at no extra cost.

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