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Paulini in favour of fact-based discourse on radiation risks

Inge Paulini, President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS) campaigned for a fact-based discourse about radiation risks during an international radiation protection conference on 9 November 2017 at BfS Munich. "All of us have a responsibility to discuss potential risks in an honest, open and comprehensible way without creating unnecessary concern. As reliable partners in scientific and public debates, we should support discourses based on scientific facts and not on fear", she emphasized at the opening of an event of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) on Wednesday at BfS in Neuherberg near Munich.

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.

Ionising radiation Southern Urals probable source region of ruthenium-106 detected in Europe

The reason for the slight increase in readings of radioactive ruthenium-106 recently detected remains unclear. Most probably, the increase originates from the southern Urals, as suggested by calculations of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS). However, other regions in the South of Russia must still be considered. An accident at a nuclear power plant can be ruled out as a possible cause, since solely ruthenium-106 has been detected. The concentrations of radioactivity in Germany are very low and do therefore pose no hazard to public health.

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.

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