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3.12.3 Lack of background measures

Another common mistake is to carry out a survey of radioactively contaminated land, but not to have made any background measurements in uncontaminated areas. Background activities must be known if a sensible determination of the extent of contamination is to be made, see Sections 3.3.3 and 3.3.4.