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Soil surveys around nuclear sites - SS0104

This study will aim to survey details of soil distribution and soil properties around 2 nuclear power stations, Oldbury and Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK. The project will include an initial review of previously acquired soil information from the area, which will involve a desk study and a search of the Soil Survey and Land Research Centre archive. A field survey will then be undertaken in 2 stages to gather raw data relating to soils, encompassing an area of up to 8 km radius from Oldbury and Berkeley nuclear power stations, which will give a total land area of 270 km2. Aspects of each site, together with the soil profile down to 1.2 m in depth, will be recorded on computer-input cards for inclusion in a database. Furthermore, a map of the distribution of soil types will be produced from soil and topographical information, while supplementary maps will be generated for topsoil pH, topsoil texture and land use, together with a report summarising the findings. Results will be used to develop procedures for dealing with nuclear accidents and other radiation release events, as well as to assess discharges under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2001

Cost: £118,320
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Soil Survey and Land Research Centre
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection