Cow's milk is still contaminated in a Chernobyl-affected area in Ukraine

This study reports for the first time temporal trends for the period of 2011–2016 in 137Cs content in cow's milk originating from private farms and households of 14 settlements located in the territories of the Rivne region, Ukraine. These areas are still radioactively contaminated as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) in 1986. Researchers found that the cow's milk is contaminated above the permissible levels in several settlements of the Rivne region and that there is a need for remediation actions to decrease doses to the local population.

Full reference: I. Labunska, V. Kashparov, S. Levchuk, D. Santillo, P. Johnston, S. Polishchuk, N. Lazarev, Y. Khomutinin, Current radiological situation in areas of Ukraine contaminated by the Chernobyl accident: Part 1. Human dietary exposure to Caesium-137 and possible mitigation measures, Environment International, Volume 117, August 2018, Pages 250-259, ISSN 0160-4120, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.053.

Published 30. May 2018 - 11:19 - Updated 30. May 2018 - 11:19