Report on Environmental Radioactivity in the European Community 1996-2000


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The Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring (REM) group of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES*) of DG Joint Research Centre (JRC*) provides institutional support in its REM programme to DG TREN H.4.

The REM project was started shortly after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident (26 April 1986) with the aim to improve the exchange of information between the European Union (EU) Member states and the European Commission (EC). The role of the EC to provide qualified information on the levels of radioactivity in the environment is laid down in the EC legislation (in particular in the Euratom Treaty and the Council decision 87/600 on the Community arrangements for the early exchange of information in the event of a radiological) emergency. In this context REM maintains a strong and continuous collaboration with all EU Competent Authorities.

The main line of our activities concerns the improvement of procedures for the collection, evaluation and harmonisation of environmental radioactivity concentrations and the modelling of the migration of radioactivity in the environment for routine and emergency conditions, as well as making this information available to the general public. More information on the developments can be found in the publications section. In addition REM provides a number of on−line services free of charge where the interested reader can obtain information in an interactive way.

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