MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) – Belarus is set to upgrade automated radiation monitoring systems in the areas surrounding the Chernobyl, Rovno and Ignalina nuclear power plants in 2019-2020, Mikhail Kovalenko, Head of the Radiation Monitoring Service of the National Center for Hydrometeorology, Radiation Pollution Control, and Environmental Monitoring of the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry, said at a press conference on 19 July, BelTA has learned.
“There are plans to upgrade a network of automated radiation monitoring systems
in 2019-2020. An extensive upgrade effort will cover the systems deployed in the areas in the vicinity of the Chernobyl, Rovno and Ignalina nuclear power plants. These systems were commissioned into operation in 2002-2006. They will be refitted using modern technological solutions, the same as those installed near the Belarusian nuclear power plant. There are plans to upgrade our air monitoring systems. We want to be able to monitor aerosols of surface air online ,” Mikhail Kovalenko said.
The results of the monitoring conducted in H1 suggest that the radiation situation was stable in Belarus over this period, he informed. The indicators were the same as over many years before.
Radiation monitoring was launched in Belarus in 1963. It started out from eight radiation measuring stations which number kept growing over time. The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant marked the transition to a new stage in radiation monitoring administered by the National Center for Hydrometeorology, Radiation Pollution Control, and Environmental Monitoring. At present the network of radiation monitoring facilities encompasses 41 permanent stations that measure gamma rays. Twenty-five of them collect samples of atmospheric fallout; ten of them collect samples of radioactive aerosols in surface air. The radioactive status of surface waters of Gomel Oblast and seven trans-boundary waters is also monitored. Evaluation of soil contamination by radioactive pollutants is conducted at 39 monitoring stations. Eighteen stations measure vertical migration of radionuclides in various types of soil. Apart from that, Belarus runs five automated radiation monitoring systems. Four of them are in place in the areas of impact of nuclear power plants of the neighboring states (Chernobyl, Ignalina, Rovno and Smolensk), the fifth is located in the vicinity of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.More about Society