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Keywords:

  • Ecosystems approach;
  • Radiation protection;
  • ICRP;
  • Radiation;
  • Risk assessment

Abstract

This brief commentary summarizes the views of a working group assembled by the International Union of Radioecology to advance the approaches used to evaluate effects of radioactive materials in the environment. The key message in both the research needs and the recommendations for management of radioactive materials centers around the need to adopt an ecocentric approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of biota, including humans, and ecological processes. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2011;7:411–413. © 2011 SETAC