Analysis of RADTRAN Transportation Model

by Marvin Resnikoff, Radioactive Waste Management, Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The RADTRAN computer model, used to estimate the risks of transporting waste to a high-level repository, is critically reviewed. Ignoring high consequence accidents, human error, sabotage, realistic accident scenarios and recent health effects data leads to an underestimate of potential health effects. Potential economic costs following an accident in a rural area are low compared to a scale-up of the Palomares, Spain clean up and other estimates. These costs can vary widely depending on the accident locale and whether certain direct and indirect costs are included.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Risk management | Transportation studies | Accidents | Benefit cost ratios | Radioactive wastes | Public health and safety | Economic factors | Spain | Europe

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