Following previous announcement regarding the radiological aspects of the forest fire in Ukraine, close to Chernobyl nuclear power plant, reported from April 4 to 14, 2020, it is announced that in Greece no increase of radiation has been detected and no findings of radiological significance are expected.
The Telemetric Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Network and the laboratory measurements in air samples do not indicate any increase in the atmospheric radiation levels. Laboratory measurements are still in progress at national level and, in view of available atmospheric dispersion simulations, it cannot be excluded that traces of radioactivity might be detected in Greece. Detection of such trace levels by the available high sensitivity analytical techniques is of scientific interest, without any significance from the radiation protection point of view.
Detailed data have been shared by the Ukrainian competent authorities through the international system for information exchange in incidents and emergencies and have been also published by European organizations.
1. A detailed analysis by the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) is available in English at: https://www.irsn.fr/EN/newsroom/News/Pages/20200415_Fires-in-Ukraine-in-the-Exclusion-Zone-around-chernobyl.aspx
2. The radioactivity levels in the air of the country are systematically monitored through the national telemetric network, which operates since 2000. The measurements are available at EEAE website; access to the monitoring measurements of other European countries is also available to the public through the European network EURDEP.
3. In the framework of the environmental radioactivity monitoring and in accordance with the national emergency response plans, EEAE is assisted by a Network of Collaborating Laboratories. High detection capacity ensures that even the lowest radioactivity concentrations in the atmosphere can be detected.