Public exposure to nuclear industry emissions up

EU residents were exposed to rising levels of radioactivity from nuclear installations during the ten-year period from 1987 to 1996, concludes a report published by the European Commission's environment directorate. Based on computer modelling, the report suggests that public exposure from this source rose by about 76%, though remaining a small proportion of all exposure to radioactivity. Among nuclear facilities, the two most important sources of exposure were the nuclear fuel reprocessing units at Sellafield in England and La Hague in France. See report.

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