International Symposium on NORM VI, March 2010, Marrakech, Morocco
The Sixth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM VI) was held in Marrakech, Morocco on 22–26 March 2010. The symposium was organized in cooperation with the IAEA by the Hassan University of Mohammadia and the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech. The objective of the symposium was to review the technical and regulatory developments concerning exposure to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), particularly the progress made in identifying, quantifying and managing the radiological risks associated with mining and industrial operations involving NORM. It also provided a forum for discussing the way forward towards an internationally harmonized regulatory approach. The symposium is the sixth in a series of symposiums on NORM, the first of which was held in Amsterdam in 1997 and the most recent (NORM V) in Seville, Spain in 2007. The major topics of the symposium included radiation protection in workplaces involving NORM (including non-production situations such as maintenance, decontamination and decommissioning), transport of NORM (including cross-border issues) and the uses and management of NORM residues (including applications in agriculture and construction, recycling of contaminated metals and disposal of waste). The Agency's involvement in this Symposium forms part of its Programme on Exposure to Natural Sources of Radiation.
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