radioactive contamination

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radioactive contamination

the undesirable addition of radioactive material to the body or part of the environment, such as clothing or equipment. Contamination of the body by beta radiation may occur through the ingestion, inhalation, or absorption of a beta emitter. Instruments, drapes, surgical gloves, and clothing that come in contact with serous fluids, blood, and urine of patients containing beta or gamma radiation emitters may be contaminated. The severity of the contamination is directly related to the elapsed time between the administration of the radioactive isotope and surgery. On completion of the procedure, possibly contaminated material is isolated and checked. If found to be contaminated, it is disposed of according to institutional and federal standards for the disposal of radioactive waste.
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Releases from a cooling pool were a big part of the radioactive release at Fukushima.
It could give rise to a very big radioactive release.
ey had an unltered gas discharge, which they were trying to emphasise was not a radioactive release.
And, though no one stands to gain from a radioactive release, if war breaks out, we must anticipate the unexpected.
Residents living within the plant's 5-km radius will be asked to evacuate before radioactive release starts, while some of those living within a 5-30 km radius will flee based on an assumption that a level of radiation requiring evacuation has been detected.
The US EPA has estimated that a person exposed to the levels of radiation that regulators and Boeing are using as radioactive release criteria could deliver a dose up to 45 millirem per year.
Iran has informed (the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Center) of the event, reporting that there has been no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installation," the IAEA said in a statement.
The IAEA reported that Iran had informed it of the earthquake and had said there had been no damage or radioactive release at the facility.
The draft resolution, which might be taken up as early as February, says that even if a radioactive release weren't lethal, the resulting stigma and negative publicity would harm the state as a business and tourist destination.
If there is a substantial radioactive release, there could even be questions about whether it could travel on the Pacific jet stream to the US West Coast.
Independent nuclear consultant Dr John Large said: "There is clearly a significant risk of radioactive release.
A large-scale conventional military attack on the UK is rated only as a "tier three" priority alongside disruption to oil and gas supplies and a large-scale radioactive release from a civil nuclear site.