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Environmental risk management for radiological accidents: Integrating risk assessment and decision analysis for remediation at different spatial scales

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  • Boris Yatsalo,

    1. Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering - branch of National Research Nuclear University, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (OINPE NRNU MEPhI), Obninsk, Russia
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  • Terrence Sullivan,

    1. Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, New York, USA
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  • Vladimir Didenko,

    1. Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering - branch of National Research Nuclear University, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (OINPE NRNU MEPhI), Obninsk, Russia
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  • Igor Linkov

    Corresponding author
    1. Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742, USA
    • Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742, USA.
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Abstract

The consequences of the Tohuku earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011 caused a loss of power at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Japan, and led to the release of radioactive materials into the environment. Although the full extent of the contamination is not currently known, the highly complex nature of the environmental contamination (radionuclides in water, soil, and agricultural produce) typical of nuclear accidents requires a detailed geospatial analysis of information with the ability to extrapolate across different scales with applications to risk assessment models and decision making support. This article briefly summarizes the approach used to inform risk-based land management and remediation decision making after the Chernobyl, Soviet Ukraine, accident in 1986. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2011;7:393–395. © 2011 SETAC

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