NORM in industries

*** working group NORM in industries under construction***

A first statement was produced during the 3rd EU-NORM symposium in Teddington, UK. The following topics were suggested for further activities in an ENA working group on NORM in industries:

  • ENA should collect and publish a compilation of regulatory differences (Compilation of positive lists).
  • A clear approach to the regulation of liquids and gases that contain low levels of radionuclides is necessary for all stakeholders (industry, regulators and the public). This is currently not the case in many countries. A compilation of national approaches would be a helpful first step in producing best practice guidance and moving towards a harmonized approach.
  • Potassium (K-40) is discussed as a radioactive material in some European countries. From a radiation protection point of view there is no relevant risk for members of the general public that constitutes a reason for regulation. We need more clarity. A working group of ENA should collect information from European countries and prepare a statement to be submitted to EC / IAEA / (others too?)

First spreadsheets were created and are open for your collaborative input:

  • Compilation of positive lists: The introduction of European basic safety standards is followed by the implementation of national regulations for workplaces and NORM residues. This can be selective and non-harmonised all over Europe. The aim of this compilation is, showing the commons and differences in the national legislation of several European countries. The positive list is meant to be a list of industries that face regulations in several European countries.
  • Statement on Potassium (K-40)


PHE Questionnaire

The UK is currently reviewing its approach to regulating liquid discharges, particularly those containing very low levels of radionuclides. Public Health England (PHE) prepared a questionnaire which is available here. The purpose of this review will be to identify and propose improvements to the current UK framework. Part of the review will be to find out how other countries deal with these liquids. In the end a publicly available report with all information collated will be attributed by country rather than who responded. PHE will share the report with respondents and other interested parties. We would kindly ask for your contribution to this questionnaire. Please refer to if you face any trouble with the file download.