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Meghalaya Govt investigates alleged incidence of radiation

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

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Shillong: On the request of the Meghalaya Government, a six-member team of the Department of Chemistry, NEHU under the Chairmanship of Prof. B. Myrboh, visited Nongbah Jynrin, Wahkaji, South West Khasi Hills District on November 10, 2020 to investigate the alleged incident of radiation and whether there is any health hazard in the area.

The Meghalaya Government received the report of the NEHU Expert Committee on December 17,2020. An interactive session on the report was held on January 20, 2021 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya.

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The report of the NEHU Expert Committee revealed 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 100ft. away from the source in the rivulet Phud Syngkai, the levels of radiation are higher than at the source which requires further study.

Accordingly, the Government of Meghalaya decided to 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, said a press note.

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