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Optical Radiation BfS for the legal anchoring of skin cancer prevention

Together with the partners of the Alliance for UV Protection, the BfS stands up for better skin cancer prevention. To this end, skin cancer prevention is to be anchored in the "Präventionsgesetz des Bundes" (Federal Preventive Health Care Act). At the meeting of the UV Protection Alliance in Neuherberg near Munich, BfS President Inge Paulini said that health education and development of health-promoting structures were needed to stop the increase in skin cancer cases.

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.


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