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Journal Articles

A Unique high natural background radiation area; Dose assessment and perspectives

Hosoda, Masahiro*; Nugraha, E. D.*; Akata, Naofumi*; Yamada, Ryohei; Tamakuma, Yuki*; Sasaki, Michiya*; Kelleher, K.*; Yoshinaga, Shinji*; Suzuki, Takahito*; Rattanapongs, C. P.*; et al.

Science of the Total Environment, 750, p.142346_1 - 142346_11, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:96.3(Environmental Sciences)

The biological effects of low dose-rate radiation exposures on humans remains unknown. In fact, the Japanese nation still struggles with this issue after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Recently, we have found a unique area in Indonesia where naturally high radiation levels are present, resulting in chronic low dose-rate radiation exposures. We aimed to estimate the comprehensive dose due to internal and external exposures at the particularly high natural radiation area, and to discuss the enhancement mechanism of radon. A car-borne survey was conducted to estimate the external doses from terrestrial radiation. Indoor radon measurements were made in 47 dwellings over three to five months, covering the two typical seasons, to estimate the internal doses. Atmospheric radon gases were simultaneously collected at several heights to evaluate the vertical distribution. The absorbed dose rates in air in the study area vary widely between 50 nGy h$$^{-1}$$ and 1109 nGy h$$^{-1}$$. Indoor radon concentrations ranged from 124 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ to 1015 Bq m$$^{-3}$$. That is, the indoor radon concentrations measured exceed the reference levels of 100 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ recommended by the World Health Organization. Furthermore, the outdoor radon concentrations measured were comparable to the high indoor radon concentrations. The annual effective dose due to external and internal exposures in the study area was estimated to be 27 mSv using the median values. It was found that many residents are receiving radiation exposure from natural radionuclides over the dose limit for occupational exposure to radiation workers. This enhanced outdoor radon concentration might be as a result of the stable atmospheric conditions generated at an exceptionally low altitude. Our findings suggest that this area provides a unique opportunity to conduct an epidemiological study related to health effects due to chronic low dose-rate radiation exposure.

Journal Articles

Re-evaluation of radiation-energy transfer to an extraction solvent in a minor-actinide-separation process based on consideration of radiation permeability

Toigawa, Tomohiro; Tsubata, Yasuhiro; Kai, Takeshi; Furuta, Takuya; Kumagai, Yuta; Matsumura, Tatsuro

Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 39(1), p.74 - 89, 2021/00

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Absorbed-dose estimation is essential for evaluation of the radiation feasibility of minor-actinide-separation processes. We propose a dose-evaluation method based on radiation permeability, with comparisons of heterogeneous structures seen in the solvent-extraction process, such as emulsions forming in the mixture of the organic and aqueous phases. A demonstration of radiation-energy-transfer simulation is performed with a focus on the minor-actinide-recovery process from high-level liquid waste with the aid of the Monte Carlo radiation-transport code PHITS. The simulation results indicate that the dose absorbed by the extraction solvent from alpha ray depends upon the emulsion structure, and that from beta and gamma ray depends upon the mixer-settler-apparatus size. Non-negligible contributions of well-permeable gamma rays were indicated in terms of the plant operation of the minor-actinide-separation process.

Journal Articles

Study on restricted use of contaminated rubble on Fukushima Daiichi NPS site, 2; Validation of reference radiocesium concentration for recycling materials

Miwa, Kazuji; Shimada, Taro; Takeda, Seiji

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.166 - 170, 2019/01

In this study, in order to validate the restricted use of recycling material at the reference radiocesium concentration (determined in series report (1)), we evaluated worker annual doses, air dose rate at the site boundary and impact of migrated radiocesium into groundwater. Firstly, we evaluated the additional annual dose for workers, on the assumption that typical workers coming in contact with the source after construction (Road: 1.2 mSv/y, Building: 1.3 mSv/y). Secondly, we evaluated the air dose rates by distance from road and building including recycling material, and investigated the distance for not exceeding 1 mSv/y (including additional dose rate by recycling and background dose rate of 0.6 mSv/y) at the site boundary (Road: 25 m, Building: 1 m). Thirdly, we evaluated the Cs migration in groundwater, and investigated the distance required for satisfying the operation target value ($$^{134}$$Cs: 1 Bq/L, $$^{137}$$Cs: 1 Bq/L) at the boundary (coastal line) (Road: 10 m, Building: 10 m).

JAEA Reports

Case studies of radiation dose assessment in emergency situation of nuclear facilities

Kawasaki, Masatsugu; Nakajima, Junya; Yoshida, Keisuke; Kato, Saori; Nishino, Sho; Nozaki, Teo; Nakagawa, Masahiro; Tsunoda, Junichi; Sugaya, Yuki; Hasegawa, Rie; et al.

JAEA-Data/Code 2017-004, 57 Pages, 2017/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2017-004.pdf:2.34MB

In emergency situation of nuclear facilities, we need to estimate the radiation dose due to radiation and radioactivity to grasp the influence range of the accident in the early stage. Therefore, we prepare the case studies of dose assessment for public exposure dose and personal exposure dose and contribute them to emergency procedures. This document covers about accidents of nuclear facilities in Nuclear Science Research Institute and past accident of nuclear power plant, and it can be used for inheritance of techniques of emergency dose assessment.

Journal Articles

Dose estimation for reuse of material contaminated by Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident

Takeda, Seiji

Str${aa}$levern Rappot 2016:5 (Internet), p.43 - 46, 2016/04

A large volume of disaster wastes such as concrete waste, scrap metal, wood waste and so on, in the environment due to the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has been contaminated by radioactive cesium ($$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs). A large challenge has been how to handle the large volume of contaminated material. One strategy for addressing this issue would be the reuse of material from the viewpoint of both effective utilization of resources and the amount of reduction of the contaminants. This paper shows that the outline of dose estimation for some kinds of reuse applications to derive the radioactive cesium concentration in reusable materials.

Journal Articles

Analysis of time evolution of neutron intensity measured with a high-sensitive neutron collar during the JCO criticality accident

Endo, Akira; Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro; Sumita, Kenji*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 40(8), p.628 - 630, 2003/08

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:32.68(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Centralized environmental radiation monitoring system in JAERI

; Kobayashi, Hideo

JAERI-M 93-036, 51 Pages, 1993/03

JAERI-M-93-036.pdf:1.46MB

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Dose estimation models for environmental tritium released from fusion facilities

Murata, Mikio

NIRS-M-93, p.70 - 79, 1993/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Estimation of embryonic and fetal doses from accidentally released radioactive plumes

Radiat.Prot.Dosim., 11(2), p.91 - 94, 1985/00

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Development of dose assessment model for children after returning to evacuation areas

Mori, Airi; Takahara, Shogo; Sanada, Yukihisa; Munakata, Masahiro

no journal, , 

Inhabitants residing in part of Fukushima Prefecture are now exposed to radiation due to radioactive materials released by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. To mitigate the radiation doses, an additional dose of 1 mSv/y was adopted as a long-term dosimetric target, and some municipalities were designated as the evacuation area. The evacuation area has been narrowing along with the decreasing of air dose rate. It was decided that evacuation orders in parts of 5 municipalities are lifted in 2016-2017. Radiation dose will be an important information for the inhabitants to make a decision on whether to return or not. Many inhabitants are concerned about radiation doses, particularly doses to their children. In this study, we developed the dose assessment model for children to estimate radiation doses to children that returned to their hometown. As a result of our calculation, it was revealed that the doses will not cause any health effect but continual efforts to achieve the dosimetric target of 1 mSv/y are necessary.

Oral presentation

External dose estimation of Japanese macaque and Procyon lotor using electron spin resonance spectroscopy

Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Koarai, Kazuma; Ono, Takumi*; Tamaki, Hiroaki*; Kino, Yasushi*; Sekine, Tsutomu*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; Chiba, Mirei*; Suzuki, Toshihiko*; et al.

no journal, , 

Releases of the radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident result in an ionization exposure to people and animals, the precise dosimetry is required. To estimate the external dose due to the accident, we utilize electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy which is a powerful tool for the dosimetry of external dose. The detection limit of this technique was 146 mGy, so that we have to improve the detection limit for the precise dosimetry. In this work, we developed a novel enamel-dentine separation technique and improved the detection limit down to 43 mGy, and estimated the external dose for Japanese macaque and Procyon lotor collected in Fukushima prefecture.

Oral presentation

Sample preparation procedure for the estimation of external exposure dose of wild animals using elecron spin resonance spectroscopy

Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Koarai, Kazuma; Mitsuyasu, Yusuke*; Ono, Takumi*; Tamaki, Hiroaki*; Kino, Yasushi*; Sekine, Tsutomu*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; Chiba, Mirei*; et al.

no journal, , 

Release of the radioactive materials from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident results in a long-term low dose rate ionization exposure to wild animals. The biological effects of the wild animal do not show a clear correlation with the external dose, which is estimated from the external dose rate of the captured point of the animal, a precise external dose estimation using ESR and tooth enamel is required instead of using the external dose rate. In this work, we attempted to estimate the external dose of wild Japanese macaque and Procyon lotor captured in the high dose rate area.

Oral presentation

External exposure dose of Japanese macaque captured in Fukushima prefecture

Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Koarai, Kazuma; Mitsuyasu, Yusuke*; Kino, Yasushi*; Sekine, Tsutomu*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; Chiba, Mirei*; Suzuki, Toshihiko*; Osaka, Ken*; et al.

no journal, , 

Due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the exposure dose estimation for human is examined by the whole body counter or by the Fukushima Health Management Survey, however, the precise estimated dose cannot obtained by such methods. We applied electron spin resonance (ESR) dosimetry for the external dose estimation using tooth enamel of human/animal. As we reported last year, we improved the detection limit of ESR dosimetry down to 43 mGy. We used this improved ESR dosimetry system and attempted to estimate the external dose of wild Japanese macaque capture in Fukushima prefecture, however, the metal component which may obstruct the ESR measurement was observed, so that we cannot estimate the external dose. In this work, we investigated how to remove such metal components, obtain the clear ESR spectrum, and estimate the external dose.

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