The Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE) was informed earlier today through the IAEA early notification system about the radiological aspects of the situation in Ukraine in relation with the forest fire reported on April 4, 2020 close to Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
According to the information provided by the Ukrainian authorities, radiation measurements conducted in the country from 4 to 7 April 2020, including the city of Kiev, indicate that radiation levels are normal.
It is noted that in the past, similar cases of forest fires did not result in any significant dispersion of radioactivity in long distances.
In Greece, there is no change in the atmospheric radiation levels. Announcements made by other regulatory authorities in Europe also confirm no change in radiation levels.
The radiological monitoring in Greece is ensured:
a. through a telemetric environmental radioactivity monitoring network. The average daily values are published at EEAE website. The values currently recorded are in the range of natural background radioactivity.
b. by air sampling filter measurements conducted by the national Network of Collaborating Laboratories throughout the country. High detection capacity ensures that even the lowest radioactivity concentrations in the atmosphere can be detected.
In the midst of the pandemic, the operational capability required to conduct the on-going environmental radioactivity monitoring in the country is ensured.
1. The radioactivity levels in the air of the country are systematically monitored through the national telemetric network, which operates since 2000. The measurements results are available at EEAE website; access to the monitoring results of other European countries is also available to the public through the European network EURDEP.
2. 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.