Joined SSTC NRS Information Tour “Radiation Survey by Towns of Ukraine”

On 24 July 2017, experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) is setting out on radiation survey to Zhytomyr region. The information tour will start with Korostyshiv located on the picturesque banks of the Teteriv river. The campaign is conducted to raise awareness among citizens of radiation safety issues. editorial board will also participate in the survey and will arrange several promotions dedicated to the orphan radioactive sources.

Oksana Kucheryava, event organizer, representative of SSTC NRS press service

“Due to the unique equipment of RanidSONNI mobile laboratory owned by the SSTC NRS, we will hold a series of radiological surveys in settled areas of Zhytomyr, Rivne and Volyn regions”, commented Oksana Kucheryava, event organizer and representative of SSTC NRS press service. – “Our experts will check the level of radiation in the air, soils, water and food. Besides, locals will be able to get information on the nature of radiation, its impact on the human body and recommendations for the minimization of hazardous radioactive effects”.

Oleksandra Slepchenko, SSTC NRS technical expert

According to Oleksandra Slepchenko, SSTC NRS technical expert, all towns within the information tour were selected for a reason. “We decided to start with Polissia, since the region is the closest to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and it was contaminated by the Chornobyl accident. Our goal is to make sure that everything is all right with radiation background in Rivne, Zhytomyr and Volyn regions”, the expert commented.

Information tour route:

24 July – Korostyshiv

25 July – Novograd-Volynsky

26 July – Manevichi

27 July – Lyubeshiv

28 July – Sarny

29 July – Korosten

Kateryna Stavnichuk, Uatom.ord editor

“Communication with people, arrangement of surveys, street actions is not something new for us”, said Kateryna Stavnichuk, editor. – “In February, we conducted a promotional campaign in Kyiv dedicated to orphan radioactive sources: we communicated with people, distributed information booklets explaining how to behave in revealing suspicious items with radiation warning signs. We found that level of people interest on the issues is rather high, but awareness of the subject leaves much to be desired”, Kateryna Stavnichuk commented.

According to her words, the information tour in general and promotions on orphan radioactive sources in particular will greatly contribute to raising awareness in regions. “As for me, small towns, villages and urban-type settlements need such events”, editor summed up.

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