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Fire in the Exclusion Zone had no significant radiological consequences

15 April 2020465
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The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has informed the IAEA of the results of radiation measurements

 

The fire in the Exclusion Zone had no significant radiological consequences for the population and the environment outside the Exclusion Zone and was not accompanied by additional discharges of radioactivity.

This was reported by the press service of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate.

“The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate has sent an initial message to the IAEA, posted the information on the measurement results on the special IAEA USIE secure platform, responded to requests and comments as well as updated the information on its official web-resources. Data of radiological measurements testify to the fact that the accident had no significant radiological consequences for the population and the environment outside the exclusion zone and was not accompanied by additional discharges of radioactivity into the environment in the situation of existing radiation,” the message informed.

In particular, the inspectorate is obliged to monitor any event that, regardless of its origin, may have potential radiological consequences.

Thus, The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate, in cooperation with the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute, the Central Geophysical Observatory, the SE NNEGC “Energoatom”, the SSE “Association “Radon”, SSE Chornobyl NPP and SSE “Ecocenter” carried out analysis and forecast for the development of the situation, assessment of its possible consequences on the basis of information of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), the Inspectorate for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Exclusion Zone, the data of the automated radiation control systems, satellite data as well as additional measurements of the volumetric activity in the surface air of the atmosphere at stationary posts of observation and by means of  RanidSONNI mobile laboratory.

As was reported, since 4 April, a large-scale fire has been extinguished in the Chornobyl zone. As on 14 April, they managed to curb the open flames and now, there is a smoldering of grass litter.


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