Radiation takes many forms and occurs naturally in the environment. It is also produced artificially e.g. in nuclear reactors to generate electricity.
- Radon (Rn)
- Radiation Incident Monitoring Network - RIMNet
- Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE)
- Electromagnetic Radiation (Non-Ionising)
Businesses and organisations which wish to use or dispose of radioactive material must be licensed by the Environment Agency. Click here for the EA page on Radioactive waste disposal regulations and guidance.
Radon (Rn) is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, associated with certain rocks, which enters buildings from the ground and gives radiation doses to the occupants.
The network, which was set up after the nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in 1986, monitors radiation levels in the UK and alerts from other countries. It advises the government and local authorities on appropriate action following a 'radiation incident'. Click here for more information about the Chernobyl disaster.
Nottingham City Council is Nottinghamshire's lead authority for RIMNet. The authority is able to receive and respond to notification of incidents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and if necessary implement its emergency plan in conjunction with Nottinghamshire's other local authorities and the emergency services.
The Radioactivity in Food and the Environment 2011 report gives results of a UK wide monitoring programme for radioactivity in food and environment. This monitoring has been conducted by the Environment Agency and the Food Standards Agency.
The monitoring programme assesses the levels of radioactivity and the amount of radiation the public is exposed to near 39 nuclear sites in the UK. The results make up the RIFE report which collates the findings from these programmes. The report enables us to check that radiation exposure to the public is within legal limits across the country.
Summary Results - General radiation levels
- Levels of radioactivity in the environment are falling
- Radioactivity from natural background continues to be a more significant source of exposure to communities in all areas of the UK
Radiation in food
- Food remains safe and the public's exposure to ionising radiation is within legal limits. Click here for more information on ionising radiation
- There were no major changes in levels of radioactivity in food or environmental materials in 2006 to those in 2005
Electromagnetic Radiation emitted from mobile telephone base stations, radio transmitters, and microwave links.
The siting and location of these units is subject to the planning process. As a consultee in the planning process the Pollution Control Team refers to the appropriate standards and makes recommendations to the Development Control Section on the siting of mobile phone base stations, transmitters and microwave links.
Electromagnetic Radiation from home and workplace wireless-based technologies (e.g. bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cordless telephones)
European Directive 93/68/EEC (22 July 1993) stipulates that items of radio equipment with the CE mark will not produce radiation which would cause any danger.
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