Changes in radioxenon observations in Canada and Europe during medical isotope production facility shut down in 2008
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Radioxenon concentration data collected at International Noble Gas Experiment (INGE) monitoring sites in the Northern Hemisphere are demonstrably impacted by emissions from medical isotope (MI) production facilities at Chalk River (CRL), Ontario and Fleurus, Belgium [Saey, J Environ Radioact 100(5):396–406, 2009]. Temporary cessation at these European MI facilities in the latter half of 2008 allowed an opportunity to assess the relative impact of distant MI facilities at INGE monitoring stations. In particular, the concentration distributions at the measurement sites and calculated sensitivities to the putative emission locations through atmospheric transport modelling (ATM) of meteorological Source Receptor Sensitivity (SRS) computations were used to study MI impacts.
KeywordsNoble gas Xenon radioisotope Radiopharmaceutical isotope facility Low level radioxenon measurement Environmental monitoring Treaty verification INGE CTBTO
The operational characteristic of CRL was gratefully provided by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), from their Mo stack monitoring equipment.
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