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Belarus to upgrade radiation monitoring system

Society 19.07.2018 | 14:17

MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) – Belarus has plans to overhaul its radiation monitoring system, Mikhail Kovalenko who is in charge of radiation monitoring at the National Center for Hydrometeorology, Radioactive Pollution Control and Environmental Monitoring, told a press conference on 19 July, BelTA has learned.

“We are busy upgrading our radiation monitoring system and expanding our capacities. Earlier, in addition to permanent radiation monitoring stations, we had four automated systems that measured background gamma radiation in the areas adjoining nuclear power plants located in the neighboring states. We have commissioned an automated radiation monitoring system that will cover the area surrounding the Belarusian nuclear power plant. It is a more up-to-date system that does not only measure the amount of gamma radiation, but also allows conducting high-quality radionuclide analysis of ambient air,” Mikhail Kovalenko said.

Additional ground-based aerosol sampling stations will be commissioned. This is the most sensitive method to determine the presence of radionuclides in ambient air. Soil and surface water monitoring sites have been laid.

Mikhail Kovalenko underlined that the radiation environment in Belarus remains stable. “This year a fire broke up in the Chernobyl zone in Ukraine as a result of drought. Our radiation monitoring service was put on high alert, however radiation levels remained within safe limits,” he said.

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