Scientists: fires near Chernobyl are not threatened by radioactive contamination
Ukrainian scientists have found that the fires in the area of alienation around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant are not dangerous radioactive contamination, told Latvian leading research worker of the research Institute of agricultural radiology of Ukraine Valentin procak.
Tuesday night within the complex forestry Chernobyl forest " there was a fire of dry grass and reeds, which is spread over an area of about 130 hectares. Firefighters around the clock confrontation with fire, and among them involving aviation. The state service of Ukraine for emergency situations said that the radiation background in the area of alienation does not exceed the permissible limits and is 25 micro-roentgen per hour.
"Our Institute conducted research in this direction. We were controlled burning of forest and grassland plots. With the most extensive fires in the air can rise up to 5% of the radioactive substances. The range of their migration is not more than 200 meters, " said procak.
according to him the danger of radioactive contamination outside the exclusion zone by the wildfires there." Global redistribution of radioactive substances does not occur. The probability that a radioactive substance due to fires will be placed outside of the exclusion zone in fact is not " - said the expert.