UKCEH News article published

Widespread Chernobyl wildfires posed low radiation health risks

Extensive wildfires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone resulted in little additional radiation risk for firefighters and the wider public, a new study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has found.

A team of UK and Ukrainian scientists concluded the fires in April 2020 did not cause significant mobility of radioactive elements in the atmosphere, but they say further research would increase public reassurance.

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