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Public figures measured radiation at floating nuclear power plant in Chukotka

Public figures measured radiation at floating nuclear power plant in Chukotka
Photo: go-pevek.ru

The first public ecological expedition visited the floating nuclear power plant in Pevek, Chukotka. Its participants measured the background radiation both at the floating nuclear power plant and within the city.

As IAA EastRussia was informed in the press service of the Pevek administration, the experts took measurements in the presence of journalists from Germany, England, USA, Austria and France. The average dose rate at the floating nuclear power plant is 0,07 μSv / h, in Pevek itself - 0,12 μSv / h. The measurement results showed that the background radiation in the area of ​​the floating nuclear power plant and in Pevek is completely formed by natural sources.

According to the head of the expedition, a leading researcher at the Institute of Industrial Ecology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexei Yekidin, more than 20 measurements were made, while no artificial radionuclides were found at the surveyed sites.

“Thus, it was concluded that the operation of the floating nuclear power plant does not make any negative contribution to the change in the radioecological situation in the region,” he added.

The floating nuclear power plant based on the Akademik Lomonosov nuclear power unit is based in the town of Pevek, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, it was connected to the grid on December 19, 2019, and was put into commercial operation at the end of May 2020. At the end of June, the station supplied the first heat to consumers in Chukotka.

 

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