No significant extraordinary radioactivity detected in environmental radiation monitoring in 2018
The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) monitors environmental radiation in many ways. The monitoring covers artificial radioactive substances, such as cesium-137 from the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It will remain in small quantities in Finnish nature for decades to come. In addition, STUK monitors radiation sources of natural origin, such as radon. The results of environmental radiation monitoring 2018 can be found in a newly-published report. No significant extraordinary radioactivity was detected in the environment.
No significant extraordinary radioactivity was detected in environmental radiation monitoring. Minor amounts of artificial radioactive material were detected in some environmental samples, but these have no effect on human health. The information is available in STUK’s recent report “Surveillance of Environmental Radiation in Finland – Annual Report 2018”.
The report summarizes the results of radiation monitoring and compares the results to those of previous years. STUK’s environmental radiation monitoring programme includes the monitoring of artificial radiation and artificial radioactive substances in the environment. In addition, the programme now includes measurements for natural radioactive substances.
The monitoring programme measures the external dose rate and the radioactivity of radioactive substances in outdoor air, radioactive fallout, surface waters, drinking water, waste slurry, milk and food. The programme also covers the radioactive substances in the human body and indoor radon. The report includes a summary of radioactivity monitoring in the Baltic Sea.
Radiation monitoring results on Stuk.fi
STUK compiles the results of its monitoring activities into annual reports, but the latest information on radiation in the environment can be found on STUK’s website. Measurement results are published on the Stuk.fi online service as soon as they are completed. Some of the results are automatically transferred from STUK’s systems to the website.
- More information on environmental radiation monitoring
- Measurement results are available on the Continuous regulatory control programme web page
- Measurement data on external radiation and radioactivity in outdoor air is also available from STUK as open data in machine-readable format (in Finnish)
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