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Can radon gas measurements be used to predict earthquakes ?

After the tragic earthquake of April 6th in Aquila (Abruzzo), a debate has begun in Italy regarding the alleged prediction of this earthquake by a scientist working in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, based on radon content measurements. Radon is a radioactive gas originating from the decay of natural radioactive elements present in the soil.

IRSN specialists are actively involved in ongoing research projects on the impact of mechanical stresses on radon emissions from underground structures, and some of their results dating from several years ago are being brought up in this debate. These specialists are therefore currently presenting their perspective on the relationships between radon emissions and seismic activity, based on publications on the subject.

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Research concerning the health effects of low dose exposure to ionising radiation : Creation of MELODI

Given the many uncertainties remaining as to the health effects of low dose exposure to ionising radiation, the European Union's Euratom Committee asked, in, a group of high-level representatives (HLEG) to propose a roadmap for European research in this area over the next 20 years.

In its final report submitted to the European Commission, the HLEG recommends the creation of MELODI, a European research initiative dedicated to studying the health effects of  low dose exposure to ionising radiation.

To initiate the creation process, five of the organisations participating in the HLEG (BfS-Germany, CEA-France, IRSN-France, ISS-Italy, STUK-Finland) have signed a letter of intention expressing their willingness to progressively integrate their research in the area f low dose into the MELODI research initiative.

In this context, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is organising the first MELODI seminar, to be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on September 28th and 29th. This seminar will be open to the entire scientific community, all relevant European and national institutions, and all interested parties.

> For further information, visit the HLEG website (hleg).

IRSN renovates its information system for occupational dosimetry registration (SISERI)

The IRSN website dedicated to the SISERI information system has been completely renovated. The new version features denser, more didactic content, including essential information on system usage and operation, applicable regulations, and updated data on worker exposure in France.

French nuclear power plants: IRSN makes public its assessment of safety for

The regular annual dissemination of information about nuclear reactor safety, outside any context of media coverage associated with current events, can help ensure a better understanding by the stakeholders – and more widely by the public – of the real safety issues associated with the operation of nuclear installations, the progress made in terms of safety as well as the identified deficiencies. The report available on our website was produced in this context.

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