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Chapter 1

Characterisation of Radioactively Contaminated Land at Dounreay, An Area with a High Natural Background

The Dounreay experimental reactor site is being decommissioned, with the expectation that some time before 2333, the land will be suitable for ‘any reasonably foreseeable use’. To achieve this, unacceptably contaminated materials must be identified and characterised for disposal as waste, and there must be a demonstration that residual materials meet relevant standards. This paper reviews experience gained from using the full range of commercial analytical techniques, to identify how contamination can be distinguished from background, using γ-spectrometry and gross α+β measurement.

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