The Government of Ukraine has approved the Strategy of the Integrated Automated Radiation Monitoring System until 2024

The document was developed in pursuance of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council “On challenges and threats to national security of Ukraine in the environmental sphere and priority measures to neutralize them”, enacted by the Decree of the President of Ukraine from 23.03.2021 № 111.

Today in Ukraine radiation monitoring is carried out by various entities – Energoatom, the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management, the State Space Agency, the National Academy of Sciences and the Ukrhydrometcenter at the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Their systems provide only sectoral observations of the radiation environment.

“In the context of war and constant radiation threats from Russia, there is an urgent need to consolidate radiation monitoring data by creating a unified system at the state level and integrating it into the European radiation monitoring system, EURDEP. Today, this is an extremely important security issue for both Ukraine and Europe. The unified monitoring system will allow us to detect and respond quickly to threats of radioactive substance transfer in Ukraine and abroad, ” said Ruslan Strelets, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

Today, among the main problems of radiation monitoring in Ukraine:

  • monitoring is carried out by various entities;
  • there are no opportunities for detection, analysis and forecasting of the consequences of radiation accidents that extend beyond the NPP zones;
  • lack of a unified methodology for summarizing the results of observations;
  • lack of a single center for data collection, observation and decision-making.

Among the expected results of the strategy:

  • creation of a single integrated radiation monitoring system;
  • synchronization of the Ukrainian radiation monitoring system with the European EURDEP;
  • access to real-time monitoring results;
  • introduction of mechanisms for early warning of the population and forecasting the development of the radiation situation in Ukraine in the transboundary movement of radioactive substances;
  • making effective operational decisions on radiation protection measures in the event of a radiation threat.

Source: Government portal