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Monitoring of environmental radioactivity in Finland complies with EU requirements

Monitoring of environmental radioactivity in Finland complies with EU requirements

19 Jun 2017 12:12
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The final report of the inspection carried out by the European Commission review group is now complete. The investigation revealed that the monitoring of environmental radiation in Finland complies well with the related requirements and the provisions of Article 35 of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community. The report noted that the monitoring of environmental radiation by STUK requires sufficient personnel resources and a very high level of expertise on the part of the personnel.

A review team of the European Commission inspected the national programme of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) for monitoring radioactivity in the environment. The team also inspected environmental and emissions surveillance at the Loviisa nuclear power plant. The inspections were carried out between 29 September and 2 October 2015. The inspections were based on the Euratom Treaty and are carried out every seven years.

The purpose of the inspection is to provide an independent assessment of the sufficiency of radioactivity monitoring arrangements in the member states of the European Union. Monitoring the levels of environmental radioactivity in Finland includes the monitoring of air, fallout, other environmental samples and foodstuffs, as well as air-carried and liquid environmental emissions from nuclear power stations.

At STUK, the team familiarized themselves with laboratory operations at the Environmental Radiation Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness department, as well as the methods used to determine radioactivity, the equipment used to monitor radioactivity and the reporting of the results. The review team also visited the Loviisa nuclear power plant, where they familiarized themselves with monitoring and analyzing radioactive emissions from the plant and with radiation monitoring stations. In addition, they participated in environmental sampling.

“We are very happy that the quality of our operations is at a good level according to the Commission. In order to make sure we can continue to carry out high-quality environmental monitoring, we must have sufficient resources and competent personnel in the future as well,” says Tarja K. Ikäheimonen, Director of the Environmental Radiation Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness department at STUK.

Further information

Director Tarja K. Ikäheimonen, tel. +358 9 759 88 596

The final report of the European Commission review group inspection

Environmental radiation
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