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28 May 2020

Belarus receives IAEA equipment to assess radiological threats of wildfires

Belarus receives IAEA equipment to assess radiological threats of wildfires
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MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) – Belarus has received the IAEA equipment to assess radiological threats associated with forest fires, BelTA learned from the IAEA website.

The mobile laboratory is equipped with instruments and tools for the radiation monitoring of air and the environment. It will help Belarus promptly respond to radiological threats due to forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The mobile laboratory is capable of off-road operations. It is equipped with a portable air sampling device, a handheld gamma-spectrometer, a radiation monitor for environmental sample measurements, a soil sampling kit, personal protection garments, navigation and communication tools, an electric generator and a workplace with a computer and other appliances.

The laboratory was given to Belarus as part of a technical cooperation project launched in 2018 which was primarily focused on helping the scientific and technical staff of the Polesie State Radioecological Reserve.

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