Standardized methods for measuring radionuclides in drinking water
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In 2002 the Italian Standardisation Organisation (UNI) - Nuclear Energy Commission (UNICEN) - appointed a working group with the main task of writing a set of standards on drinking water measurements. To date two standards have been designed, namely, for total alpha- and beta-activity, and 222Rn. Further procedures are under development for measuring 226Ra and U isotopes, and gamma-emitting radionuclides in water. The paper gives an overview of these standards, both developed and under study, with special attention to the validation of the methods.
KeywordsInternational Atomic Energy Agency Liquid Scintillation Counting International Standardization Organization Minimum Detectable Activity Measuring Radionuclide
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