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The Irish Sea: Not the Most Radioactive Sea in the World


Author(s): 
David Assinder
Page(s): 
22-28
Year: 
1990
Volume: 
1
Number: 
2-3, Autumn/Winter
Issue: 
1 (2-3)
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Abstract: 

The lrish Sea has a well publicized contamination problem involving radioactivity derived fromthe Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. But it has never been, and will never be, the 'mostradioactive sea in the world', because radioactive elements present in seawater make other areasmore radioactive. So, is there a problem? And to what extent should members of the public feelconcern, over and above that felt about other toxic wastes such as metals and organochlorineresidues? By an examination of scientific studies of the area an attempt can be made to put the problem into perspective.