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R4 - Discharges of Radionuclides from the non-nuclear sector

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmeDischarges of Radionuclides from the non-nuclear sector
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programme

OSPAR has agreed a coordinated reporting programme for liquid discharges from the non-nuclear sector. Discharge data are reported for the following non-nuclear sub-sectors; Oil and gas, Medical, University and research centres, Phosphate industry, Titanium dioxide pigment manufacture, Primary steel manufacture, Rare earth mineral production and Radiochemical production. Data are reported to OSPAR annually using an agreed reporting format. The data are published by OSPAR annually. Data on discharges of radionuclides from the oil and gas sub-sector are assessed in Periodic Evaluation reports.

[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Coordinated data reporting
[Contracting Parties supplying data] BE, CH, DK, ES, IE, LU, NL, NO, SE, UK   
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"] NA
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.2005 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?By Contracting Party for each sub-sector for each OSPAR region.
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.marineSubregion

[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Pressures in the marine environment
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).Other
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).PresInputCont
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants). 
[Element Monitored] total-alpha, total-beta and a number of individual radionuclides
[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.OTH
[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OSPAR AGREEMENT ON THE REPORTING OF DISCHARGES OF RADIONUCLIDES FROM THE NON-NUCLEAR SECTOR (2013-11)
Discharge data (total-alpha, total-beta, Th-228, Ra-228, Ra-226, Pb-210 and tritium) from the sub-sector oil/gas extraction is reported under the following categories:
Produced water
Descaling operations (normal production)
Descaling operations (decommissioning)
Tracer experiments.
Contracting Parties are also invited to report the estimated discharges from the following non-nuclear sources of radioactive substances:
The medical sector (I-131);
Universities and research centres (H-3, C-14, P-32, S-35, Cr-51, I-125);
Phosphate industry (Pb-210, Po-210, Ra-226);
Titanium dioxide pigment manufactures (Pb-210, Po-210, Ra-226, Ra-228);
Primary steel manufacture (Pb-210, Po-210);
Radiochemical production (H-3, C-14, S-35, Cr-51, I-125, Pb-210, Po 210).
Sampling and analysis carried out as per national requirements.
[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?National QA procedures for analysis.
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?Other QC - National QC through national and international validation exercises.
National QC in reporting of data through use of defined reporting format and QC before submission to RSC database by RSC task manager
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoringYearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.NotRelevant
[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3))
[Data Custodian] OSPAR
[Assessment Guidelines]
[Assessment tools available]  
[Nature of data] Unprocessed
R4 - Discharges of Radionuclides from the non-nuclear sector