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Journal focuses on Savannah River National Labratory, Chernobyl Laboratory collaboration
Date:9/27/2011

Collaborative work between the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory and the Chernobyl Center's International Radioecology Laboratory (IRL) has led to a special issue of the Health Physics Journal entitled, "Radiation Monitoring and Radioecology Research in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 25 Years After the Accident," (Vol. 101, No. 4).

Under the auspices of the DOE Office of Environmental Management's (EM) International Program, SRNL and the Ukraine's IRL have collaborated on various research projects, making use of the wealth of knowledge to be gained from research in the region impacted by the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Researchers at IRL use the area around Chernobyl as an extensive laboratory for studying the effects of radioactive contamination and methods of decontamination. DOE-EM sponsored the collaboration both to assist in the Ukrainians' research efforts and to gain valuable information on subjects of mutual interest. One of the key objectives of the collaborators is to make the knowledge gained through this partnership widely available.

Papers published in Health Physics in 2010 covering the first few studies led to interest in the special issue, which is sponsored by DOE-EM's International Program and SRNL. The current papers describe research including:

  • Environmental radiation monitoring of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone history and results 25 years later
  • A study of the environmental problems associated with decommissioning the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Pond
  • A study of the properties of certain microscopic fungi found in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone that appear to protect them from the effects of radiation
  • A new technique for measuring the radioactive content of live animals in their natural habitat
  • A study of Scots pine trees in the Exclusion Zone as a way of understanding the effects of chronic internal and external radi
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Contact: Angeline French
angeline.french@srnl.doe.gov
803-725-2854
DOE/Savannah River National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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