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Ionising radiation BfS staff members contribute to investigation into increased ruthenium levels

BfS staff members have supported the Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBRAE) in the investigation of elevated ruthenium 106 levels detected in Europe end of September. An International Commission of Inquiry has been set up to find out the reason of the increased levels of radioactivity. For this purpose, it is intended to review existing environmental measurement data and dispersion calculations and carry out further investigations, if necessary.

Ionising radiation BfS wants to promote radiation protection in Europe

The BfS is actively involved in strengthening international radiation protection research. The new president of the European research platform MELODI is Dr. Thomas Jung, head of the BfS department "Radiation Protection and Health". MELODI coordinates effective and sustainable low-dose radiation risk research across Europe.

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.

Ionising radiation Wild mushrooms in parts of Bavaria still contaminated

More than three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, several species of wild mushrooms in parts of Bavaria are still heavily contaminated with radioactive caesium-137, as proven by measurement results published by the BfS. The annually updated report provides information on the caesium-137 contamination available for mushroom pickers. The additional radiation exposure from wild mushrooms is comparatively low, when consumed in normal quantities. There is a limit for wild mushrooms offered in the food trade.

Electromagnetic fields Promising Trend: rising number of low-radiation mobile phones on the market

Shortly before the opening of the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin, the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS, Federal Office for Radiation Protection) records a trend towards low-radiation mobile phones. This emerges from a recently updated review by BfS on the radiation values of mobile phones and smartphones comprising 170 new models. The list is also published on the BfS website. The newest update comprises almost 3,000 units from more than 70 producers, also including older models which are no longer produced.

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