Norway slashes EU radioactivity "overestimate"

A report by the Norway's radiation protection authority (NRPA) suggests that the EU has overestimated by a factor of ten levels of naturally occurring radioactivity in "produced" water discharged by offshore petroleum activities. The Marina II study was published in 2003 and identified the sector as a significant contributor of alpha emitting radionuclides in northern European waters. In 2003 about 135m cubic metres of produced water was discharged to the marine environment by Norwegian operators, NRPA says. Discharges from the British sector of the North Sea were not included in the report. See report

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