RESEARCH AREAS



Our monitoring programmes comprise environmental monitoring as well as human biomonitoring. We collaborate with national (e.g. the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia) and international agencies such as International Atomic Energy Agency. For the latter, we contribute to the GNIR - Global Network for Isotopes in Rivers and GNIP - Global Network for Isotopes in Precipitations.
The monitoring of natural radionuclides within the influential area of the former uranium mine and mill at Žirovski vrh is also performed. Among others, we participate in Off-Site Monitoring of the Krško Nuclear power plant by determinig radionuclides in various environmetal samples.


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Human biomonitoring in Slovenia


The main objective of the human biomonitoring programme is to provide data on exposure of the inhabitants of Slovenia to environmental chemicals (pollutants) and to look at spatial differences in exposure. The study population includes lactating women who have given birth for the first time and men from the same area in the age from 20-40 years. We analyse selected toxic chemicals including toxic elements (cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic) and persistant organic pollutants (dioxins, furans, organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polybrominated flame retardants) in blood, breast milk, urine and/or hair. The data obtained will allow a health risk assessment of Slovenian population as well as further development and implementation of risk reduction measures. Partners: Ministry of Health RS, Chemical Office of the RS, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, former regional institutes of Public Health, and regional hospitals and health centres.

Radon in schools and kindergardens of Slovenia

 

Within this project, indoor radon was surveyed in the majority of Slovenian kindergartens and schools. The main goal was to find out radon levels, to identify main radon sources and define radon prone areas, in which more attention is needed in designing and constructing new buildings, in order to assure satisfactory low exposure to radon indoors.







Monitoring of natural radionuclides within the Žirovski vrh uranium mine

Nowadays, an underground mine is closed, while two deposits with mining and hydrometallurgical wastes are remediated according to legislation. The determination of activity concentrations of radionuclides from uranium decay chain in sediments, water and food became even more important in monitoring environmental contamination and ensuring radioecological safety, because the timescale of pollution generation in piles containing wastes from mining and acid production of yellow cake can be very long. Ongoing environmental monitoring for water analysis includes determination of 238U, 230Th, 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po in water samples from mine water and the outflow water in the drainage system under the waste disposals.


 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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