Risks assessment for the retrieval of radioactive waste from the old Russian cemetery Al -Tuwaitha site

  • Asia H. Al-Mashhadani
Keywords: radioactive wastes, exposure assessment, natural radionuclides.


In this work the radioactive wastes in the Old Russian
Cemetery Al -Tuwaitha site were classified according to risks for
workers who are involved in the retrieval process. The exposure
assessment results expressed as estimates of radionuclide intakes by
inhalation and ingestion, exposure rates and duration for external
exposure pathways, and committed effective dose equivalents to
individuals from all relevant radionuclides and pathways. Results
showed the presence of natural radionuclides Ra-226, Th-234 and K-
40, as well as the produced radionuclide Cs-137 and Eu-152 in the
cemetery wells. The absorbed doses from the waste were classified to
two categories; exempt waste and low level waste according to
absorbed dose value. This studied site does not pose a radiological
hazard for the workers.