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Be prepared for nuclear emergencies – head of agency points to war and nuclear risks

The President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Inge Paulini, has called for preparations for nuclear emergencies.

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Be prepared for nuclear emergencies – head of agency points to war and nuclear risks

The President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Inge Paulini, has called for preparations for nuclear emergencies. "The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine has made it clear to the general public that we have to be and remain prepared for a wide variety of nuclear emergencies," Paulini told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

Unlike Germany, other countries would also not phase out nuclear energy. "On the contrary: many of our neighboring countries are planning new power plants," said Paulini. In the event of possible accidents, however, radiation does not stop at borders.

Paulini campaigned for the Federal Office to be taken into account in the "Act on the Protection of Critical Infrastructures", which is currently being drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior. Her authority is "clearly part of the critical infrastructure in Germany," she explained. "That means our work is indispensable for the community."

According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, it has a measuring network with around 1,700 probes throughout Germany that measure radiation exposure in Germany around the clock. In the event of a nuclear emergency, the authority is responsible, among other things, for creating situation reports to protect the population.

"Radiation protection in many areas of life is an important part of the ongoing economic and social transformation - and radiation protection is essential for a resilient, i.e. resilient society," says Inge Paulini.

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection explains on its website what scenarios there are for nuclear accidents and how they would affect the environment, which authorities are responsible for what in the event of a crisis and why iodine tablets are distributed in the event of a nuclear accident, but not by citizens to one taken at the wrong time or dosed incorrectly.

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