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Ionising radiation Low concentrations of ruthenium-106 detected in Europa

Slightly elevated concentrations of radioactivity in the atmosphere have been detected at several trace monitoring stations in Europe since 29.09.2017. Low levels of ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) were detected at seven stations in Germany and several European stations, among others in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. The concentration of the radioactive substance is very low, ranging from a few microbecquerel to a few millibecquerel per cubic metre. These low levels of radioactivity do not pose a hazard to public health. Analyses as to the origin of the radioactive substance suggest a high probability of a release in the Southern Ural, although other areas in the South of Russia cannot be ruled out.

A model of the winning design from the architectural office "Glass Kramer Löbbert Architekten BDA" Source: Glass Kramer Löbbert Architekten BDA

Prize jury decides on new build for BfS in Neuherberg

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is getting a new laboratory and office building at its research site in Neuherberg. On 21 September 2017, the prize jury selected the winner of the design competition. The Berlin architecture firm "Glass Kramer Löbbert Architekten BDA" won over the jury with its design. The individual participant contributions in the architecture competition organised by the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) are being exhibited from 22 to 28 Septem-ber in the Alten Schloss in Schleißheim.

Electromagnetic fields Online consultation on power grid expansion completed

The online consultation on radiation protection during the process of power grid expansion has been completed. The research programme of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS) under the same title has attracted great interest: 235 comments reached the BfS up to 15 September 2017, of which 10 were in English. Interested parties had the opportunity to comment on the research programme on the BfS website from 17 July to 15 September 2017. The comments will be evaluated by BfS experts and taken into account in further planning of the research programme.

Electromagnetic fields Centre of excellence for radiation protection in power network expansion

The open-ended and independent clarification of open research questions is for precautionary reasons an indispensable accompaniment to the expansion of the power network. This is the conclusion drawn by participants of the launch event on 11 July 2017 in Berlin for the research programme "Radiation protection in power network expansion". Around 80 representatives from science, politics, companies and citizens' initiatives discussed the 18 million euro research package from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). It was repeatedly highlighted that the BfS was taking on an important role as a centre of excellence for radiation protection in the expansion of the power network.

Ionising radiation Chernobyl: Measurements of environmental radioactivity after forest fire

The measurement values of radioactivity in the air in Germany are currently at the usual levels, even after a forest fire around Chernobyl. This is the finding from precautionary measurements and calculations made by the Federal Ministry for Radiation Protection (BfS). Forest fires like this current one have been occurring more frequently around Chernobyl, most recently in 2015. At that time too, the BfS could not ascertain any effect on environmental radioactivity in Germany.

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