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Environmental radioactivity in the Netherlands. Results in 2007

Radioactiviteit in het Nederlandse milieu. Resultaten in 2007


The Member States of the European Union have the obligation to measure radioactivity in the environment yearly, as stated in the Euratom Treaty of 1957. The Netherlands fulfilled this obligation also in 2007. In 2000 Euratom made recommendations to perform the measurements according to a certain outline, however Member States are not obliged to comply with these recommendations. In 2007 the Netherlands complied to the Euratom recommendations except for the determination of strontium-90 in mixed diet. Measurements in air and environment show normal levels. Radioactivity levels in food and milk were below the export and consumption limits set by the European Union. The target values in fresh water were exceeded for some radionuclides and locations, however these exceedings do not pose a threat to the public health. Target values are values that should preferably not be exceeded, however they are not limits. Since 2007 data on environmental samples taken around the nuclear power plant at Borssele has been added to this report.

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