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Self-help countermeasure strategies for populations living within contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

Beresford, N.A.; Voigt, G.; Wright, S.M.; Howard, B.J.; Barnett, C.L.; Prister, B.; Balonov, M.; Ratnikov, A.; Travnikova, I.; Gillett, A.G.; Mehli, H.; Skuterud, L.; Lepicard, S.; Semiochkina, N.; Perepeliantnikova, L.; Goncharova, N.; Arkhipov, A.N.. 2001 Self-help countermeasure strategies for populations living within contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 56 (1-2). 215-239. 10.1016/S0265-931X(01)00055-8

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Abstract/Summary

Countermeasures have been effectively employed within intensive agricultural systems in areas of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) affected by the Chernobyl accident. However, ingestion doses continue to be elevated in some areas as are sult of few foodstuffs which are collected from the wild or produced by the household. Forest fungi and berries, and milk from privately owned cattle are the most notable contributors to 137Cs intakes amongst these foodstuffs. In this paper we consider advice which would help affected populations to both understand the importance of these exposure routes and to reduce their exposure. In addition to the potential radiological benefits, self-help schemes are highly cost-effective and likely to have a positive psychological influence on populations living within contaminated areas of the FSU. Evidence to suggest that the transfer of radiocaesium to cow milk is considerably higher in the FSU than within western Europe and North America is discussed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0265-931X(01)00055-8
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Environmental Chemistry & Pollution
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Keywords: radioecology, radiocaesium, countermeasures, self-help, fungi, berries, cow milk, Chernobyl
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 May 2012 10:13
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17752

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