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Radiation Protection at Light Water Reactors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Robert Prince
    Pages 1-11
  3. Robert Prince
    Pages 13-38
  4. Robert Prince
    Pages 39-56
  5. Robert Prince
    Pages 57-72
  6. Robert Prince
    Pages 73-92
  7. Robert Prince
    Pages 93-150
  8. Robert Prince
    Pages 195-210
  9. Robert Prince
    Pages 211-244
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 327-366

About this book


This book is aimed at Health Physicists wishing to gain a better understanding of the principles and practices associated with a light water reactor (LWR) radiation protection program. The role of key program elements is presented in sufficient detail to assist practicing radiation protection professionals in improving and strengthening their current program. Details related to daily operation and discipline areas vital to maintaining an effective LWR radiation protection program are presented. Programmatic areas and functions important in preventing, responding to, and minimizing radiological incidents and the importance of performing effective incident evaluations and investigations are described. Elements that are integral in ensuring continuous program improvements are emphasized throughout the text.


ALARA and dose control Contamination source control Contamination survey equipment Radiation monitoring equipment Radiation protection program Radiation source control Radiation surveillance at nuclear plants Safety at light water reactors

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Marquis One TowerUS Nuclear Regulatory CommissionAtlantaUSA

About the authors

Robert Prince has been employed in the health physics profession since the mid 1970s. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological Health Sciences from the University of Lowell and a Master’s of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. He started his career in the light water reactor radiation protection field at the now decommissioned Maine Yankee nuclear power plant. He has gone on to serve as the Radiation Protection Manager at several nuclear power plant facilities both in the USA and abroad.

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From the reviews:

“A comprehensive book on practical radiation protection at light water reactors written at the operational health physics level. … it does an outstanding job of covering the many aspects and considerations for the reactor health physicist. … appropriate for an undergraduate-level reactor health physics course, a dedicated training course for technicians and health physicists at LWRs, or persons entering the regulatory or inspection fields. … the author has a pleasing writing style and has produced a text that is easy and enjoyable to read.” (Ken Veinot, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Vol. 157 (1), November, 2013)

“Written for those individuals who wish to gain an understanding of radiation projection aspects associated with the operation and maintenance of commercial light water reactors in operation today. This text will definitely accomplish the stated purpose. … an excellent addition to available literature in that it provides detailed information on many aspects of the radiation protection program for power reactors. This information is current, the problems addressed are real, and the suggestions are based on actual solutions used in existing radiation protection programs.” (Dennis Quinn, Health Physics, Vol. 104 (1), January, 2013)