Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report published

date27 October 2016

The latest Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE 21) has been published today (27 October, 2016) and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland are still well within international dose limits.

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In the UK, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Environment Agency (EA), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are responsible for ensuring that doses from authorised releases of radioactivity do not pose an unacceptable risk to health.

This year’s data shows that levels and concentrations of radioactivity measured in the environment during 2015 were similar to those in 2014.  SEPA is responsible for the radiological monitoring that is carried out in Scotland and has a duty to ensure that no member of the public receives a dose in excess of the statutory dose limit of one millisievert (1mSv) per year from authorised discharges. The report shows that doses received by the public in Scotland from authorised discharges of radioactivity were below the statutory limit.  The RIFE 21 Report also highlights that discharges from all of the nuclear licensed sites in Scotland were within the limits set by SEPA.

Dr Paul Dale, Principal Policy Officer from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

This year’s report again demonstrates that Scotland’s public is adequately protected against sources of radioactivity that could impact on our food and the wider natural environment. The report represents a collaborative effort by all agencies to carry out rigorous annual monitoring, to ensure dose levels are well within international limits and the 2015 report confirms that this remains the case.”

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