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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 BfS experts training in Chernobyl exclusion zone

In a nuclear emergency, rapid deployment and precise measurements form the basis for all further decisions. To ensure these skills in a worst case scenario, BfS experts have been training under the most authentic conditions possible. From 3 to 7 September 2018, the BfS carried out a comprehensive measurement exercise in Chernobyl. Even 32 years after the reactor accident, increased radiation values are still present in the 30km exclusion zone around the nuclear power station.

Electromagnetic fields Safer surfing with 5G

Self-driving cars, voice-activated assistants, intelligent fridges – the IFA International Mobile Communications Exhibition from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin highlights how the internet interlinks our daily lives. The introduction of the new 5G mobile communications standard will develop and accelerate this trend and the number of transmitters and devices that generate electromagnetic fields is therefore also increasing. According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the current scientific findings on the effects of electromagnetic fields on people are also very relevant to 5G.

Optical Radiation Federal government expands measurement network for UV radiation

Climate change is granting us more hot and sunny days – and therefore more cancer-causing UV radiation. To inform all citizens reliably about the current exposure to ultraviolet radiation, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is expanding its UV measurement network. This was announced on 27 August 2018 by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze during her visit to the BfS site in Neuherberg near Munich. By the end of 2019, a further 20 measurement stations are to be added to the 12 already in the UV measurement network.

Ionising radiation Radiation protection for nuclear emergencies

Prepared for the worst case that will hopefully never happen: the Federal Environment Ministry and the BfS are taking comprehensive precautions to arm themselves for worldwide emergencies involving radioactive substances, for example in case of accident at a nuclear power station. In this network, the BfS is the central authority for expert reports and assessments of the radiological situation. On Monday, Federal Minister Svenja Schulze learned about the current status of developments at the RLZ at the BfS site in Neuherberg near Munich.

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