NEHU: Radiation level at Nongbah-Jynrin within safety levels

Shillong, Jan 28: The report of the study conducted by the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), into the leakages of uranium effluent tanks at Nongbah-Jynrin in South West Khasi Hills reveals that the radiation levels at the source (i.e. tanks and pits) and villages/habitations nearby as per the millisievert/year unit of measurement using the radiation survey meter are well within the safety levels.

Further, the Committee found that 100 feet away from the source in the rivulet Phud Syngkai, the levels of radiation are higher than at the source which requires further study.

“It is therefore decided that the Government of Meghalaya will undertake a separate study on the rocks and sediments of the stream Phud Syngkai and get them analysed at a credible laboratory to determine the exact cause of the radiation,” the government said.

The state government today informed that a six member team under the chairmanship of Prof. B. Myrboh, Department of Chemistry, NEHU visited the site on November 10, 2020.

The report of the NEHU Expert Committee was received by the Government on December 17, 2020.

An interactive session on the report was held on January 20 this month under the chairmanship of M. S. Rao Chief Secretary to the government of Meghalaya.

It may be mentioned that the state government had requested NEHU to assist them by way of a third party investigation, to ascertain the factual position regarding the radiation levels and whether there is any health hazard in the area.

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