The fight for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant fuels fears of a radioactive disaster. While Germany’s radiation protection officials could make things clear, they’re still worried.
According to the information of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), no radioactive radiation escaped or reached Germany during the hostilities surrounding the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.
“There is no evidence that radioactive materials may have been released in Ukraine,” the Federal Office told newspapers of the Funke media group. According to the BfS, all available radiological readings were “in the normal range.”
Radiation shields control the release of radioactive materials
“The BfS does not see any acute dangers associated with the release of radioactive materials, but shares the concern for the long-term safe operation of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” the Federal Office said. said.
In Germany, the authority routinely measures natural radiation exposure. “If the level of radioactivity measured at two adjacent measuring points exceeds a certain threshold, a message is automatically triggered.”
In an emergency, weather conditions matter
According to the report, the Federal Office said that if radioactive materials reach Germany as a result of a release at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine, “emergency measures will likely be limited to the marketing of agricultural and agricultural products.”
According to BfS’s calculations, “further measures to protect the population are not expected to be necessary”.
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