Answer to Question #3998 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Nuclear Power — Nuclear Accidents
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
How do you determine if plants and animals have been affected by radiation? What would you test in plants and animals—cells, atoms, etc.—if there was a nuclear meltdown? How would you test the environment?
Environmental monitoring for radiation and radioactive material is done routinely by a number of groups throughout the world.
In addition see another excellent description of radiation detection methods on the HPS website.
There is also some interesting information available on environmental and background radiation on our website.
Lastly, the Idaho State University Physics Department website gives a good overview of radioactivity in nature. It includes some additional links.
These links should get you a good, solid understanding of environmental monitoring for radiation and radioactive material.
Linda Sewell, CHP
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