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Ionising radiation Positive international feedback for BfS labs in Berlin

60 experts in the field of environmental radioactivity and radioecology taking part in the ICRER (International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity) emphasized the high level of expertise and the high quality of the equipment presented by the BfS. The scientists had visited the labs operated by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in Berlin. They were shown the gamma spectrometry laboratory, the accredited radon calibration laboratory, the whole body counter and partial body counter as well as the equipment available for nuclear emergency response.

World map with measuring stations Source: CTBTO

Ionising radiation Another nuclear weapons test in North Korea

On 3 September 2017 at 5:30 a.m. (CEST), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) registered again seismic shockwaves that were probably caused by another underground nuclear weapons test in North Korea. The last time this has happened was on 9 September 2016. The National Data Centre of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) performed a preliminary assessment of seismic data with respect to the incidence and concluded that the local origin was similar to that of the tests in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016.

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.

Ionising radiation International measurement exercise successfully completed

Capacity to act swiftly and reliable measurement results – that was demonstrated by the BfS teams during an international helicopter measurement exercise that took place in Switzerland from 26 June to 30 June 2017. In co-operation with teams from Switzerland, France, and the Czech Republic, the specialists of the BfS and the federal police force (BPOL) practised an emergency. The teams measured radioactive substances deposited on and in the ground from a helicopter.

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