Environment and Legislation

Dates TBC

This module describes the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field.

Course overview

This module reviews the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects. The module concludes with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry.

Course aims

  • Establish a basic grounding in the principles and practice of environmental protection
  • Develop a qualitative approach to environmental protection, establishing the need for systems of control and verification with an analysis of associated cost
  • Understand the current legislation
  • Understand the importance of carrying out risk assessments and implementing control measures to reduce exposure to optical radiation sources.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth of understanding of the principle of environmental protection
  • Ability to discuss environmental sampling strategies and understand case studies in a range of applications
  • Understand legislation underpinning environmental protection
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of numerical data to perform simple calculations of relevant physical phenomena.

Discipline specific skills

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Environmental Management Systems and ISO14001.

Lecturers Title Lecture Hours
Dr N.B. Ghiassee Environmental Protection – Law and Policy.  The general principles and legislative basis of environmental protection policy in the UK, European Union, and at International level, and an overview of International Nuclear Law. 9
Ms N Round/Mr G Beard ISO14001 Environmental Management System: protecting the environment whilst maintaining your business, environmental impact minimisation, best available techniques, setting improvement targets, legal compliance, auditing and review. 6
Dr JAS Cleaver Properties of aerosols, flow, diffusion, size distributions, optical properties, coagulation, sampling and aerosol production. 6
Mr P Kruse Radioactive Substances Permitting, Radiological Impact Assessments 6
Dr MC Thorne Mathematical modelling of radionuclide transport in the environment, including applications of compartmental models. Radionuclide dispersion in groundwaters, terrestrial surface waters, estuaries and marine environments.  Uptake of radionuclides by plants and animals. Assessment of critical group and collective exposures. 6

Course Times - Timetable to be updated

30 hours lectures:

Monday  - Thursday

09:00-13:00, break, 14:00-17:00




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To apply for this course, please contact Barbara Steel.

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Reading list

Recommended reading

Bell S, et al., Environmental Law, 8th ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Sands P, et al., Principles of International Environmental Law, 3rd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Tromans S, Nuclear Law: The Law Applying to Nuclear Installations and Radioactive Substances in its Historic Context, 2nd ed, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010.
Stoiber C, et al., IAEA Handbook on Nuclear Law, IAEA, Vienna, STI/PUB/1160, 2003.

Background reading

Eisenbud, M and Gesell, T, Environmental Radioactivity from Natural, Industrial, and Military Sources, Fourth Edition, Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1997.
Cooper, J R, Randle, K and Sokhi, R S, Radioactive Releases in the Environment: Impact and Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, 2002.

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