Response in the late phase to a radiological emergency

Mary Morrey*, Anne Nisbet, Daryl Thome, Michael Savkin, Steen Hoe, Lisbeth Brynildsen

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This paper looks at the key issues that need to be addressed during the transition from the emergency phase to the late phase of a radioactive release, and the development of the initial late phase strategy. It discusses the extent to which current national plans and international advice address the needs of decision makers following contamination of inhabited areas and food production systems. Based on this the following recommendations are made: (1) the issues that will arise at the start of the late phase response to a radioactive release require preparation work in advance of any release; (2) this preparation should consider the adequacy of legislation, technical data and modelling, options for waste storage and disposal, resources for monitoring and implementing clean up; (3) late phase preparedness requires regular exercising and (4) the possibility of terrorist releases adds further emphasis to the need for preparedness for the late phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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