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Ionising radiation 32 years after Chernobyl: Some wild mushrooms are still contaminated with radiation

Even 32 years after the reactor disaster of Chernobyl, its consequences can still be observed in Germany. This is proven by measurement results published in two current reports by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). Accordingly, certain species of mushrooms in certain regions of Bavaria are still strongly contaminated with radiation. The radioactive contamination in all agricul-tural products resulting from the Chernobyl reactor accident, however, has clearly reduced and the current levels measured are low.

Ionising radiation Art in architecture: Dedication of the "Gelbe Kabine" (Yellow cabin)

On 20 September 2018, the work of art "Die gelbe Kabine" was officially dedicated in front of the BfS head office in Salzgitter. The work of artist Iris Musolf is a faithful replica of a Ferris wheel cabin in a pleasure park in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat. It is a reminder of the reactor disaster at Chernobyl and is therefore of direct relevance to the history of the foundation of the BfS.

Ionising radiation Resolution passed for ordinance to modernise radiation protection law

On 5 September 2018, on the suggestion of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the federal cabinet resolved to enact an ordinance to modernise radiation protection law. This will improve the protection of health against ionising and non-ionising radiation. The ordinance will come into effect on 31 December 2018; the Bundesrat must come to agreement first.

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