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:
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DOE/Savannah River National Laboratory