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2 Effluent Releases from Nuclear Power Plants and Fuel-Cycle Facilities This chapter addresses the following charge in the statement of task for this study (see Sidebar 1.1 in Chapter 1): • Availability, completeness, and quality of information on gaseous and liquid radioactive releases and direct radiation exposure from nuclear facilities required to estimate doses for an epidemiologic study. There are two potential sources of data on radiation releases from nuclear facilities that could be used to estimate doses for an epidemiologic study: (1) Measurements of radioactivity contained in airborne1 and liquid effluents that are released from nuclear facilities. (2) Measurements of radiation in the environment around nuclear facilities. This chapter describes these effluent release and environmental moni- toring data and assesses their suitability for dose estimation. The primary focus is on effluent release data; as will be shown in this chapter, these data are more useful than currently available environmental monitoring data for estimating radiation doses for an epidemiologic study. 1 The committee uses the term airborne to refer to gaseous and particulate releases to air and liquid or waterborne to refer to releases to water. 35
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36 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS The effluent release and meteorological data collected by plant licensees and reported to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) are intended to demonstrate compliance with applicable USNRC regulations. These data were not intended to be used for dose reconstruction to support an epidemiologic study. The suitability of this information to support an epidemiologic study depends on the intended use of the dose reconstruction. For example, it might be necessary to obtain hourly or daily data on effluent releases and meteorological conditions at each facility to reconstruct doses to specific individuals living near those facilities. One the other hand, data that are averaged over longer time periods (weeks and months) might be sufficient to obtain rough estimates of annual doses to populations as a function of distance and direction from those facilities. Dose reconstruction is discussed in Chapter 3. 2.1 EFFLUENT RELEASES FROM NUCLEAR PLANTS The operation of nuclear plants produces large quantities of radioac- tive materials (Appendix D). Quantities of radioactive materials are most readily expressed in terms of activity, defined as the rate of radioactive decay of that material. Activity is usually expressed in units of becquerels (abbreviated Bq; 1 Bq = 1 decay per second) or curies (abbreviated Ci; 1 Ci = 3.7 × 1010 [37 billion] decays per second).2 An operating nuclear reactor can contain on the order of 1014 Ci of activity excluding very-short-lived radionuclides (NCRP, 1987). Most of this activity is the result of fission of the reactor fuel (see Appendix D). A small fraction3 of this activity is typically emitted to the environment each year as a result of normal plant operations. Radioactive effluents are released in airborne and liquid form. They originate from several sources within a nuclear plant: • Fission of residual uranium contained on the exterior of the fuel rods, referred to as tramp uranium. • Leaks from failed fuel rods. • Diffusion of radioactive gases through intact fuel rods. • Activation of materials in reactor cooling water. 2 These units are used interchangeably in this chapter, depending on the source of data. In- ternational organizations generally use becquerels. Nuclear facility licensees and the regulator generally use curies. 3 As will be shown elsewhere in this chapter (see Figures 2.1 through 2.4), operating nuclear plants currently release a few curies to a few hundred curies of activity per year to the envi- ronment. However, some plants emitted several hundred thousand curies of activity per year to the environment in the past.
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37 EFFLUENT RELEASES • Erosion and entrainment of activated materials from pipes, valves, and pumps in the cooling system. Effluent releases from nuclear plants are permitted under regulations promulgated by the USNRC, but they must be controlled, monitored, and reported to regulatory authorities. Appendix F describes USNRC require- ments for reporting effluent releases from nuclear plants, and Appendix G describes the Radiological Effluents Technical Specifications (RETS) guid- ance for monitoring and reporting such releases. Nuclear plant licensees are required to report emissions of radionu- clides to the environment to the USNRC on an annual basis. Because nuclear power plants are industrial sites, plant licensees also are subject to environmental reporting requirements mandated by other federal and state regulatory agencies. These include industrial waste discharges (Clean Water Act), air emissions (Clean Air Act), chemical inventory reporting (Emer- gency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act), hazardous waste disposal (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), storage tank management, and spill prevention (Oil Pollution Act). Tables 2.1 and 2.2 provide lists of the radionuclides that are typically reported in effluent releases from nuclear plants. The characteristics and quantities of typical releases are described in the following sections. The radioactive isotope carbon-14, which is not shown in the tables, is mainly produced by neutron activation of oxygen-17 in the coolant of reactors of all types. The production of carbon-14 is estimated to be about 5 Ci per gigawatt (thermal)-year (GWth-y) in boiling-water reactors (BWRs) and 4 TABLE 2.1 Common Radionuclides in Reported Airborne Effluent Releases from Nuclear Plants Category Commonly Reported Radionuclides Fission and activation gases Krypton (85, 85m, 87, 88) Xenon (131, 131m, 133, 133m, 135, 135m, 138) Argon (41) Iodines/halogens Iodine (131, 132, 133, 134, 135) Bromine (82) Particulates Cobalt (58, 60) Cesium (134, 137) Chromium (51) Manganese (54) Niobium (95) Tritium Hydrogen (3) SOURCE: USNRC (2007), Table 2.1.
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38 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS TABLE 2.2 Common Radionuclides in Reported Liquid Effluent Releases from Nuclear Plants Category Commonly Reported Radionuclides Mixed Fission and Iron (55) Activation Products Cobalt (58, 60) Cesium (134, 137) Chromium (51) Manganese (54) Zirconium (95) Niobium (95) Iodine (131, 133, 135) Tritium Hydrogen (3) Dissolved and Krypton (85, 85m, 87, 88) Entrained Noble Gases Xenon (131, 133, 133m, 135, 135m) SOURCE: USNRC (2007), Table 2.2. Ci per GWth-y in pressurized-water reactors (PWRs) (EPRI, 2010). Most of the activity produced is released into the atmosphere. Effluent releases of carbon-14 have not been required to be reported to the USNRC in the past. However, starting in 2010, plant licenses are required to estimate and report releases of this radionuclide to the USNRC. It has been estimated by some that the atmospheric releases of carbon-14 result in a relatively large contribution to population dose (Kahn et al., 1985; NEA, 2003). Additional discussion of the carbon-14 contribution to dose is provided in Chapter 3. 2.1.1 Airborne Effluent Releases Figures 2.1 through 2.4 provide graphical illustrations of selected air- borne effluent releases reported to the USNRC for operating plants in the United States in 2008. The figures show noble gas releases (Figure 2.1), io- dine-131 releases (Figure 2.2), particulate releases (Figure 2.3), and tritium releases (Figure 2.4) from BWRs and PWRs. The following observations emerge from an inspection of these figures: • At present, nuclear plants typically release between a few curies and several hundred curies per year in airborne effluents. • Most of the activity released in airborne effluents is from fission/ activation gases and tritium. The median activities of these releases are (currently) approximately the same for BWRs and PWRs, in spite of the fact that tritium production in PWRs is higher than in
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39 EFFLUENT RELEASES (A) Figure 2.1a.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.1 Noble gas releases from (A) BWRs and (B) PWRs in 2008. SOURCE: Daugherty and Conatser (2008).
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40 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS (B) Figure 2.1b.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.1 Continued
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41 EFFLUENT RELEASES (B, continued) Figure 2.1b continued.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.1 Continued
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42 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS (A) Figure 2.2a.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.2 Iodine-131 releases from (A) BWRs and (B) PWRs in 2008. SOURCE: Daugherty and Conatser (2008).
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43 EFFLUENT RELEASES (B) Figure 2.2b.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.2 Continued
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44 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS (B, continued) Figure 2.2b continued.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.2 Continued
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45 EFFLUENT RELEASES (A) Figure 2.3a.eps bitmap FIGURE 2.3 Particulate releases from (A) BWRs and (B) PWRs in 2008. SOURCE: Daugherty and Conatser (2008).
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86 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS to the plant due to effluent releases. However, this assumes that ambient temporal variations in natural background at the control location were the same as at the other measurement locations, which is not necessarily a valid assumption. Annual exposures can vary temporally by as much as 10 mR per year due to variations in soil moisture, and they can vary spatially, even at locations only a few hundred meters apart, due to variations in soil composition (Beck and Miller, 1982), consistent with the spatial variation in the Dresden plant TLD data (see Section 3.5 in Chapter 3). Lang et al. (1987) studied TLD data collected at the Hatch plant (lo- cated in Georgia) over a 4-year period. They concluded that it would be very difficult to detect increases in 3-month exposures below 10 percent of average background levels from TLD data because of measurement error and spatial and temporal variations in natural background radiation levels. The maximum (i.e., MEI) annual external radiation exposure from air- borne effluent releases from nuclear plants is currently estimated as << 1 mR per year (USNRC, 2009). Although airborne effluent releases from some nuclear plants in the 1970s and 1980s were up to 1000 times higher than current releases (UNSCEAR, 1982,1988, 1993, 2000, 2008; see also Sec- tion 2.1.1 in this chapter), estimated maximum quarterly integrated expo- sures for most plants were still likely less than 1-2 mR (see Chapter 3). Even if changes on the order of a few mR per quarter could be detected, they could not be unambiguously attributed to effluent releases from nuclear plants because of variations in natural background. Consequently, the pas- sive monitoring systems around nuclear plants cannot be used to quantify increases in exposure resulting from routine effluent releases and therefore cannot be used to validate estimated population doses. Real-time monitors, when used, can provide quantitative information on actual increases in exposure rates at a plant due to airborne effluent releases and can be used to validate estimates based on measured release rates. Several sites do monitor external radiation levels using HPIC detec- tors. For example, the state of Illinois maintains an array of HPIC detec- tors around the Dresden plant. An example of HPIC measurements made at various distances from a nuclear plants site in the northeastern United States is shown in Figure 2.16 (Beck et al., 1972). As discussed later in this chapter, fluctuations in exposure rates above background can be integrated to estimate exposure for comparison with the estimated levels calculated from the reported plant effluent releases. This provides an independent verification of the reported effluent release levels. 2.3.5 Monitoring Deposited Radionuclides Continuous air sampling measurements generally have lower limits of detection that are below the levels of airborne particulates and iodine that actually occur as a result of plant releases during normal operations. Con-
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87 EFFLUENT RELEASES FIGURE 2.16 Mean hourly exposures over a 1-week period at three sites near at Figure 2.16.eps the Millstone plant. Site A is located inside the fence line; Site B is located approxi- mately 2 km from the stack; and Site bitmap C is located several kilometers away from the stack. SOURCE: Beck et al. (1972). sequently, such measurements are generally not useful for validating specific calculations of air activities, and possible ground contamination, based on measured release rates.28 Plant licensees collect and analyze soil samples at a few locations around their facilities at least annually. But even after years of plant operation, the total increase in soil activity is either too low to de- tect or too low to distinguish from background levels. Soil and air sampling data can, however, be used to provide an upper bound on dose estimates. Because predicted levels of exposure rates from deposited radionuclides released by a plant are only small fractions of the estimated exposures from noble gas releases, these potential direct radiation exposures cannot gener- ally be detected by the plant’s passive monitoring systems either. Monitoring programs based on arrays of passive detectors are adequate (as intended) for demonstrating compliance with operational limits on maximum exposure to any individual (i.e., the MEI), but they are not useful for confirming direct exposure at any specific location based on measured release rates, nor are they useful for estimating population doses for an epidemiologic study. Air sample data collected by plant licensees are not 28 However, air monitors are useful for detecting and quantifying activity in air that might result from an accident or abnormal release that could result in potential doses approaching or exceeding regulatory limits.
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88 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS sensitive enough to estimate deposition of radionuclides from the plant, nor are analyses of soil or vegetation samples. 2.3.6 Independent Validation Studies of Environmental Monitoring Programs A number of independent entities conduct studies on radioactive ef- fluent releases, environmental radioactivity, and maximum dose estimates to independently corroborate data collected by plant licensees. In the early years of nuclear plant operations, USEPA and Atomic Energy Commission research organizations conducted numerous independent studies in the environment around plants, measuring external radiation levels and radio- nuclide concentrations in plants, animals, and water (e.g., Beck et al., 1972; Blanchard et al., 1976; Carter et al., 1981; Kahn et al., 1970, 1971,1974; Gogolak, 1973; Gogolak and Miller, 1974a,b; Voilleque et al., 1981; Weiss et al., 1974). In almost all instances, these studies did not detect radionuclides attrib- utable to nuclear plants in environmental samples, even when plants were emitting much greater amounts of activity than at present. Independent estimates of MEI doses from noble gases and iodine-131 in milk were also generally of the same order as those reported by plant operators, generally confirming that radioactive effluents from the plants were not being signifi- cantly underestimated. Some of the studies also provided direct confirma- tion of reported release and atmospheric diffusion calculations. Some states also conduct independent monitoring around nuclear plants.29 For example, the state of Texas conducts environmental moni- toring activities within the 10-mile emergency planning zones of its two nuclear plants (Comanche Peak and South Texas). The state deploys solid- state detectors to measure direct radiation and air monitors to measure gaseous effluents, particulates, and radioiodine. The state also samples liquids, vegetation, sediments, and fish and invertebrates for radioactivity. The state of Illinois conducts independent monitoring near its six op- erating nuclear plants (Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle, and Quad Cities) as well as some shut down facilities. The state maintains a network of 415 environmental dosimeters to measure and document ambi- ent gamma radiation levels within 10-mile (~16 km) radii of these plants. The state also collects samples of water, sediment, fish, milk, and vegetables from 132 locations (see iema.illinois.gov). A committee subgroup observed 29 The USNRC provided funding to states to carry out environmental monitoring around nuclear plants from 1979 to 1997. Support was discontinued because state programs were seen to duplicate licensee REMPs. Several states (e.g., Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington) have continued to conduct environmental monitoring with their own funding.
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89 EFFLUENT RELEASES real-time data being collected by the state around the Dresden plant using an HPIC detector. Some states have their own onsite inspectors at nuclear plants in addi- tion to the USNRC’s resident inspectors. For example, the Pennsylvania Bu- reau of Radiation Protection assigns a nuclear engineer to each of the state’s five nuclear plants (Beaver Valley, Limerick, Peach Bottom, Susquehanna, and Three Mile Island) to review operating procedures, conduct inspec- tions, and maintain an awareness of environmental monitoring programs run by plan licensees.30 The Bureau also monitors environmental dosimeters at 30 locations. New Jersey also has its own REMP.31 Environmental monitoring around one nuclear plant is also being car- ried out by a private entity. The C-10 Foundation32 is monitoring airborne radioactivity and wind speeds and directions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities that are located within the 10-mile emergency planning zone for the Seabrook plant. The monitoring data are available in near real time. In addition to the various validation studies specific to nuclear plants described above, there have been a number of more recent studies validating atmospheric transport models similar to those used at USNRC-licensed fa- cilities (Brown, 1991; Napier et al., 1994; Rood et al., 1999; Thiessen et al., 2005). There have also been a number of other recent studies that describe the validation of models used for estimating doses resulting from releases of various radionuclides to the environment that are similar to the mod- els used for estimating doses from USNRC-licensed facilities (BIOMOVS, 1991; IAEA, 2003; Till et al., 2000) (see Chapter 3 for a discussion of dose assessment). 2.3.7 Utility of Environmental Monitoring Data for Estimating Radiation Doses As described in Sections 2.3.1 to 2.3.3, nuclear plant licensees are required to measure radioactivity in the environment surrounding their facilities, including in the air, water, and foodstuffs. Almost all environ- mental measurements reported by plant licensees, even in early years of plant operations when radioactive effluent releases were much higher than 30 See http://www.nei.org/resourcesandstats/publicationsandmedia/insight/insight-web-extra/ revealing-the-green-side-of-nuclear-energy-power-plants-closely-monitored-to-protect-the-envi ronment/. 31 See http://www.nj.gov/dep/rpp/bne/index.htm. 32 This not-for-profit foundation was established in 1991, when the Seabrook plant began operations. The foundation’s environmental monitoring activities are carried out under con- tract with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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90 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS at present, are either below minimum detection limits (MDLs) or are not sensitive enough for use in dose estimation. Consequently, monitoring data can play only a minimal role in the calculation of doses received by popula- tions residing in the vicinity of nuclear facilities. Environmental concentrations of radionuclides released from nuclear plants and the resulting absorbed doses must instead be calculated from es- timated effluent releases, as described in Chapter 3. The committee judges, however, that the measured environmental concentrations, even if they are usually below MDL, are useful for assessing upper bounds of dose in the vicinity of nuclear plants. In addition, the usually rare measurements above the MDL can be used to assess the validity of the reported effluent releases or the method of calculation of environmental concentrations. 2.4 AVAILABILITY OF METEOROLOGICAL DATA Estimates of doses from airborne emissions require detailed informa- tion on both radioactive effluent releases and the local meteorology at the time those releases occurred. All nuclear plants are required to conduct meteorological monitoring (see Appendix F) for use in estimating offsite doses from airborne effluents. For continuous releases, facilities generally use average annual values for wind speed and direction as a function of atmospheric stability and release height to estimate offsite doses. However, to estimate doses for sporadic batch releases, data are required for the ac- tual times of release because local meteorology can vary significantly over short time intervals. As discussed previously in this chapter, airborne releases of primary importance from nuclear plants are noble gases, tritium, and carbon-14. One needs to know the direction and strength of the wind and the state of the atmosphere to estimate transport of these releases. Transport of noble gases is unaffected by rain. However, this would not be the case for facili- ties that release radioactive particulates, which would include many fuel cycle facilities. The committee could not determine the extent to which detailed me- teorology data are readily available for all plants and years of operation. Some plant licensees report annual meteorological data in their REMP reports. More detailed meteorology data may need to be recovered directly from facility licensees or from nearby meteorological stations. If detailed meteorology data are not available for plants with significant batch releases or highly time-variable continuous releases, then estimated doses may be significantly more uncertain than those for plants with relatively time- invariable continuous releases. However, batch releases are generally sig- nificant only for PWRs. However, as shown earlier in this chapter, airborne releases for PWRs tend to be lower than for BWRs.
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91 EFFLUENT RELEASES 2.5 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS This chapter provides the committee’s assessment of the availability, completeness, and quality of information on airborne and liquid radioac- tive effluent releases and direct radiation exposure from nuclear facilities to support an epidemiologic study. Based on its assessment, the committee finds that: 1. Effluent release and direct exposure data collected by facility li- censees, when available, are likely to be sufficiently accurate to develop a population-level dose reconstruction that provides rough estimates in annual variations in dose as a function of distance and direction from nuclear facilities (see Sections 2.1.3 and 2.2.2). However, even when available, such data would not be sufficient to support detailed reconstructions of doses to specific individuals living near nuclear facilities, which would require very precise in- formation on the whereabouts and dietary habits of the individuals under consideration. Facility-specific evaluations will be required to determine the availability and quality of the effluent release and direct exposure data. These data are likely to be of better quality for later years of facility operations relative to earlier years because of improved QA procedures (see Sections 2.1.4 and 2.2.3). 2. Carbon-14 releases from nuclear plants may make a significant contribution to population dose, especially in recent years. How- ever, plant licensees have not been required to estimate or report carbon-14 releases until 2010. It will be necessary to develop a methodology for estimating releases of carbon-14 prior to 2010 to support dose estimation for an epidemiologic study. 3. Meteorology data collected by nuclear plants and fuel-cycle facili- ties are probably adequate to support estimates of radiation doses for continuous effluent releases. However, the committee was un- able to determine the extent to which detailed meteorology data are readily available for all facilities and years of operation. Facility- specific evaluations will be required to determine the availability and quality of meteorology data to support dose estimation for an epidemiologic study (see Section 2.4). 4. Environmental monitoring data have limited usefulness for estimat- ing doses from effluent releases around nuclear plants and fuel- cycle facilities. Almost all environmental measurements reported by facilities are either below the MDLs or are not sensitive enough to allow for the development of adequate dose estimates. Data from environmental monitoring that are above MDLs can, however, be used to validate reported effluent releases or the methods of dose calculation (see Sections 3.3 and 3.6 in Chapter 3).
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92 ANALYSIS OF CANCER RISKS 5. Obtaining and digitizing effluent release and meteorology data for use in an epidemiologic study will be a large and costly effort. Existing digitized data for nuclear plants are of marginal useful- ness (see Section 2.1.3), and to the committee’s knowledge such data do not exist in electronic form for fuel-cycle facilities. It may be necessary to contact individual licensees to obtain these data, in addition to information on surface water dispersion of effluents, and information on the use that is made of the environment around facilities. Data may not be available for all facilities and all years of operation. In light of these findings (especially Findings 1, 2, and 5), the committee recommends that a pilot study be undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of obtaining sufficient data on effluent releases, dispersion of the released activities in the atmosphere and surface waters, and the use that is made of the environment around facilities for use in dose estimation to support an epidemiologic study. This pilot study should: • Obtain effluent release, direct exposure, and meteorology data for the six nuclear plants and one fuel-cycle facility discussed in Section 2.1.3 for their entire periods of operation; the committee suggests Dresden (Illinois), Millstone (Connecticut), Oyster Creek (New Jersey), Haddam Neck (Connecticut), Big Rock Point (Michigan), San Onofre (California), and Nuclear Fuel Services (Tennessee) for the reasons described in Section 2.1.3. If data from these facilities are not available, then other facilities having similar characteristics should be selected. • Digitize these data into a form that is usable for dose estimation (see Chapter 3). • Develop interpolation algorithms for estimating effluent releases for sites and/or years when detailed effluent release data are not available. • Develop a methodology for estimating releases of carbon-14 from the six nuclear plants for all years of plant operations. The results of this pilot study should be used to inform decisions about any Phase 2 epidemiologic study effort. Finally, the USNRC did not ask the National Academy of Sciences to review effluent release monitoring and reporting requirements as part of this study. Nevertheless, the committee notes that it would be useful for the USNRC to review these requirements to determine if they can be adjusted to improve the usefulness of effluent release, meteorological, and environ- mental monitoring data for future dose reconstructions. Making such data
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