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Electronic Scoreboard Measuring and Displaying the Radiation Level Mounted on the Administration Building of Zverinogolovsky District, Kurgan Region
Soon, JSC Dalur forming part of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. will start drafting the development of Dobrovolnoye subsoil area of federal importance in Zverinogolovsky District for uranium exploration and mining. The company is trying to eliminate any biases of the locals related to uranium mining and carries out outreach activities. Monthly, the residents of Zverinogolovsky District visit the existing production sites of the uranium mining enterprise in Dalmatovsky and Shumikhinsky Districts of Kurgan Region. The aforesaid special gift to the villagers has become the continuation of this work and the information openness policy.
When presenting the scoreboard to Mikhail Sheygets, Head of Zverinogolovsky District, Victor Svyatetskiy, Chief Operating Officer of JSC Atomredmetzoloto, remarked: “The radiation background will be normal during the field development. Everybody will be able to see it”.
The scoreboard works on-line displaying the local time, air temperature, air pressure and radiation level. For this purpose, it is connected to various sensors.
Today, the electronic scoreboard in the district centre displays the radiation level of 0.06-0.1 mcSv/h depending on the solar radiation, which is the safest level. We shall recall that the safe radiation level is considered at 0.5 mcSv/h. The natural level of radiation depends on the natural cosmic radiation, the content of radionuclides in soil and rocks, the height of the territory above sea level (the higher the level of the latter, the higher the radiation level).
According to Nikolay Poponin, Director General of JSC Dalur, the natural radiation background will not change during the field development. After all, the average level of radioactivity of a productive solution processed by the enterprise is 0.17 mcSv/h. For comparison, the granite embankment radioactivity in St. Petersburg is 0.5 mcSv/h and aircraft passengers get the same doses at an altitude of 12 thousand meters.