Valuing Health Effects of Natural Radionuclides Releases from Yatagan Power Plant

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The objective of this paper is the valuation of radiological health effects of Yatagan Power Plant. To this aim the radiation dose calculations are carried out for the population living within 80 km radius of the plant. The average of the maximum measured specific isotopes 238U, 232Th and 226Ra in the flying ash samples are considered as radioactive sources. Based on the dose calculations, first the stochastic health effects and then monetary health effects are estimated. The estimated total collective dose and economic value of the pre-dicted health effects are 0.3098 man Sv/y and 14791 US$/y respectively. The results obtained from the dose calculations are lower than the limits of International Commission of Radiation Protection (ICRP) and it does not pose any risk for public health. Monetary value of health risks is also negligible in comparison to the av-erage yearly sales revenue of the plant which is 250 million US$.

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T. BUKE and A. KONE, "Valuing Health Effects of Natural Radionuclides Releases from Yatagan Power Plant," Energy and Power Engineering, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2010, pp. 46-52. doi: 10.4236/epe.2010.21008.

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