Radiocaesium in mosses from the Kopački rit Nature Park in Croatia: searching for undeclared releases from nuclear facilities in war-torn Ukraine

  • Nora Miljanić University of Dubrovnik, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing https://orcid.org/0009-0007-2602-7331
  • Branimir Zauner Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
  • Dinko Babić Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
  • Branko Petrinec Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
Keywords: 134Cs, 137Cs, airborne radioactive pollution, bioindicator

Abstract

The invasion of Ukraine and military operations around Ukrainian nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities have prompted us to search for radiocaesium in mosses from the Kopački Rit Nature Park in Croatia, since mosses are known bioindicators of airborne radioactive pollution, and Kopački Rit is a known low radiocaesium background area. Sampling was finished in August 2023, and our analysis found no elevated radiocaesium levels. Kopački Rit therefore remains a suitable place for future detection of anthropogenic radioactive pollutants.

Published
2024-05-22
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Miljanić N, Zauner B, Babić D, Petrinec B. Radiocaesium in mosses from the Kopački rit Nature Park in Croatia: searching for undeclared releases from nuclear facilities in war-torn Ukraine. Arh Hig Rada Toksikol [Internet]. 2024May22 [cited 2024Jul.14];75(2). Available from: https://arhiv.imi.hr/index.php/arhiv/article/view/1721
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