Task Group 76
Application of the Commission's Recommendations to NORM (Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material)

A Taskgroup under Committee 4

The Task Group is to develop a conceptual framework for the practical application of the new Commission’s recommendations on radiation protection for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM).  

The new ICRP Recommendations, Pub 103, set out clearly that the system of protection applies to NORM either as an Existing or a Planned Exposure Situation.  What is lacking is a decision aiding framework, based on the new recommendations that would allow radiation protection principles to have practical and consistent inputs for regulatory programs that are developed and implemented for the protection of workers, the public and the environment. 

The work should in a first part present the generic framework covering broadly the entire range of activities associated with the processing, production or use of bulk materials with enhanced levels of naturally occurring radionuclides, including shipment and waste management, as well as the presence of such materials in consumer products, particularly in construction materials. In a second part the application of the framework should be illustrated to a few relevant activities that are currently a concern (oil, coal, rare earths, phosphate, to be selected by the TG.

To develop its work the Task Group should take into account recent publications and documents of other international organizations.

Jean-Francois Lecomte (Chair), French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), France
Sylvain Andresz (Secretary), CEPN, France
Philip Egidi (Member), EPA, USA
Dejanira da Costa Lauria (Member), IRD, Brazil
Astrid Liland (Member), Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), Norway
Fudong Liu (Member), China
Mika Markkanen (Member), Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Finland
Stefan Mundigl (Corresponding Member), European Commission (EC), Luxembourg
H. Burçin Okyar (Corresponding Member), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria