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Ionising radiation Correlation between radon and skin cancer risk unclear

After smoking, the radioactive noble gas radon is the most important cause of lung cancer. Scientists from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel have now investigated whether there is a further correlation between radon exposure in the home and the risk of dying from skin cancer. In the view of the BfS, the Swiss study provides no conclusive evidence that radon is a relevant risk factor for skin cancer.

Ionising radiation Food from the Fukushima region largely safe to eat

Apart from venison and wild boar, food from the Fukushima region can be regarded as safe. This is the result of an assessment performed by experts at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The European Commission announced recently that the import restrictions on food from Japan following the Fukushima reactor accident that happened six years ago might be loosened after the summer break. The persistent high exposure of venison and wild boar tallies with the experience gained after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Ionising radiation New Act provides better protection against radon

For the first time, the protection against the natural and radioactive rare gas radon has been regulated by law. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), which has been providing information about health risks due to radon for many years and has been promoted a better legal protection of citizens, expressly welcomes this fundamental advance. The Act, which was adopted by the German Bundesrat on 12 May 2017, provides for the first time a legal foundation for binding rules for the protection of citizens, in particular in public buildings such as kindergartens or schools.

Nuclear disposal Statement of position on comments from the Federal Court of Audit about the Konrad mine

The Federal Ministry has stated its position regarding the comments "2016 Comments Volume II No. 05 - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety neglects functional supervision of the Konrad final repository" made by the Federal Court of Audit.

Nuclear disposal Search for a repository: We need a solution that provides security for many thousand years

40 years after Gorleben was designated a site for a Nuclear Waste Management Centre, the search for a repository for high-level radioactive waste is facing a new start. In a commentary for the Elbe-Jeetzel-Zeitung of 22 February 2017, Wolfram König, President of the BfS and the BfE, comments on mistakes made in the past and opportunities for the current search procedure.

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