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Economic Consequences of a Radiological or Nuclear Attack

April 28, 2005 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Loss of lives, injuries and property destroyed during a nuclear or radiological attack have significant economic as well as personal consequences. The cost to clean up or remediate an area, in an effort to protect human health and the environment, will depend on the cleanup standard applied to the event.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a framework for evaluating these economic consequences to help policy makers understand the impacts of various cleanup standards.

PNNL's research indicates that a risk-based approach to the development and application of cleanup standards is necessary because cleanup costs overshadow other impacts.

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