Environment monitoring

Our contribution to the monitoring of radioactive emissions and immissions

An important field of radiation protection is the monitoring of radioactive emissions from the systems and facilities at the Rossendorf research site. The compliance with defined limit values for the emission of radioactive substances with exhaust air and waste water is continuously monitored and documented. In addition, air, soil and water are examined for radioactivity within the framework of immission monitoring at the research site and in the surrounding area.

As a service for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and for external clients, the determination of radioactivity of samples and in-situ (on-site) is carried out.

Emission monitoring

  • Measurement and balancing of the emission (discharge) of radioactive substances with exhaust air and waste water from systems of the VKTA and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
  • Checking the limit values

Immission monitoring

  • Measurement of radioactivity in environmental media (air, soil, water) in the vicinity of the research site
  • Incident prevention: Training with a mobile measuring system in the vicinity of the research site

Sample analysis

  • Investigation of up to 5,000 samples per year from emission and immission monitoring, from radiation protection areas of the VKTA and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and from external clients
  • on-site analyses in radiation protection areas, including in-situ gamma spectrometry and room air monitoring
  • Measurement laboratory with quality-assured analytical methods for radionuclide determination

Determination of the dispersion ratios

  • Collection of site-specific meteorological data for the assessment of the dispersion of airborne radioactive substances (e.g. with DOPPLER-SODAR)
  • Recording of hydrological data from water measuring points, e.g. at the transfer point of the waste water into the municipal sewerage system

Calculation of radiation exposure

  • Calculation of radiation exposure of persons due to emissions via exhaust air and waste water
  • Safety analyses for specified normal operation as well as for accident scenarios within the scope of new approvals and modification approvals