Environmental Radioactivity in Denmark

Environmental Radioactivity in Denmark

Concentrations of environmental radioactivity in Denmark (notably radiocaesium and radiostrontium) have been determined regularly by Risø National Laboratory since 1957.

The monitoring programme was originally initiated to provide reference data for surveillance of the nuclear installations within the Risø area. However, it was soon expanded to cover the whole country, contributing to the general national preparedness against possible environmental releases of radionuclides. Measurements are reported annually of anthropogeneous radionuclides in environmental samples and in selected food items sampled in different localities over the country. Also the transfer of radionuclides to humans through consumption of Danish food, and the external exposure to environmental radioactivity are followed. The primary sources of the contamination registered to date are the Chernobyl accident in 1986, atmospheric nuclear test explosions made in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and releases from European nuclear reprocessing plants.

 

Contact

Kasper Grann Andersson
Senior Scientist
DTU Nutech
+45 46 77 41 73
http://www.nutech.dtu.dk/english/products-and-services/radiochemical-analysis/environmental-radioactivity-in-denmark
18 DECEMBER 2018