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C R Biol. 2003 Aug;326(8):699-715.

[Meteorological data and risk assessment in France after the Chernobyl accident (26 April 1986). Historical update].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Laboratoire de physique et chimie de l'Ecole nationale vétérinaire d'Alfort, 7, av. du Général-de-Gaulle, 94704 Maisons-Alfort, France.


The authors indicate the origin of the data used by the French Public Health Authority in 1986 to estimate the risk of the radioactive fall out following the Chernobyl accident. The technical means developed in order to establish this data, and the precedent experience gained, are described. The principal results are given. The terms of the 28 May 1986 note to the Academy of Sciences by R. Latarjet, which concluded that the low level of this fallout did not justify any countermeasure, except the control of the imported food, are confirmed. Rational dispositions are required in order to improve the information of the population, referring to the Swedish model, which involves the intervention of the medical staff specialized in radiotoxicology, radiopathology, nuclear medicine, and especially trained.

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