Biomonitoring as a Means for Acquisition of Site-Specific Transfer Parameters for Nuclides of Concern and Their Application in Demonstrating Protection

Investigators: Kathryn A. Higley, Alena Paulenova, Leah Minch, Becky Fasth, David Bytwerk, and Tristan Hay (Oregon State) and Joanna Burger (Rutgers).

Project Objectives: Minimize uncertainty in environmental dose assessment for important and culturally relevant species and key radionuclides (e.g., 99Tc, 90Sr, and U) and provide improved environmental transfer parameters for several others.

Relevance and Impact to DOE: Minimize and bound uncertainty as well as increase transparency in radiological dose estimates for both humans and biota for key radionuclides (e.g., 99Tc, 90Sr, and U). The process is intended to provide greater stakeholder confidence in radiological assessment – whether part of an ongoing biomonitoring program or part of a long-term stewardship assessment. It will improve predictions, as well as the reliability in the design and selection of remediation strategies.

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