Potential impact of a hypothetical airborne release of radionuclides from a Ukrainian NPP

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Abstract

February 24th 2023 marked one year of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. The war directly and indirectly increased the risk of an accident at the nuclear facilities in Ukraine. This report discusses the potential impact on Europe from specific hypothetical releases of radionuclides into the atmosphere from any of the four Ukrainian nuclear power plants in an effort to enhance nuclear accident preparedness. The study focuses on the potential impact of iodine and cesium deposition, as the deposition of these radionuclides is most likely to trigger countermeasures needed to protect the food chain. Additionally, the detection probability of early warning gamma dose rate measurement stations is assessed. The hypothetical release amounts used in this study are compared with actual releases during the Chernobyl and Fukushima disaster.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 30 Aug 2023

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NameSCK CEN Reports
PublisherSCK CEN
No.BLG-2953

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