AW: [ RadSafe ] FW: [srp] Competition

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Wed Mar 15 13:43:25 CST 2006

>From my own experience I do not think this funny. I have been both a
regulator and before a kind of "inspector". A regulator and an inspector
might be very helpful persons. 

Since we do not have nuclear power plants in Austria the inspections were
directed to research reactors. After I showed them, that we had the better
radiation measurement equipment and were taking the licenses for releases
serious I never had problems. One of those we showed that they had not
accounted for tritium releases, because they used this incredibly silly
"gross-alpha-beta" measurement after evaporating (!!!) the waste water
samples. The same institute did not really measure for alphas - until I
showed them that there were releases of natural uranium they had not

The other research center used very simple equipment for measuring waste
water releases. I found out that they in several instances did not detect
significant releases of Sr-90, which were in several cases close to the
maximum allowed releases and in about three cases far above the monthly
limit. Since the authorisation for releases allowed for a ten-fold release
in a small number of months they avoided any legal action. Interesting, that
this never happened again and that it never leaked out to environmental
groups and never was taken up as an issue and no future problems with
releases was encountered. 

I do not know, how US-inspectors work, but in the cases above we never found
any problem to inspect the two research centers. I even was asked by the
person responsible for waste water release to come and test the waste water
activity before they released it. 

This is Austria, looking for consent... 

Are we so far away in our opinion on radiation protection that it would be
so different for the UK, CA and the USA?

Best regards,


Franz Schoenhofer
PhD, MR iR
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Vienna
phone -43-0699-1168-1319

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