Fukushima Fixation – The Media Focus on Radiation Risk in Tsunami-Stricken Japan
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (6/2011)
Twenty five years on from Chernobyl, the tragic events in Japan of March 2011 seem to reaffirm the risk society’ perspective which the 1986 nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union did so much to popularise. It was amidst widespread predictions of mass harm – projected both across Europe and into the future – that German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s book of the same name found such a receptive audience. Beck wrote of a new era defined by the greater risk posed by ‘manufactured’, technological risk than natural, ‘external’ ones.

Mini-Symposium on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (9/2010)
The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) has kindly authorised the EJRR to publish the comments of SRA Past Presidents on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Early warning environmental information for the atmospheric environment: The AIRTHESS system
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
The present paper provides information on air quality (AQ) related early warning information provision, environmental information systems, and the way that such systems may support the quality of everyday life. On this basis, the paper presents the AIRTHESS system, being in operation in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Sorption kinetics of PAH by using various sorbents
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Polycyclic aromatic hyrocarbons (PAH), which are a large group of organic compounds with two or more fused rings, are an important threat to the environment. They occur in the aquatic environment as the result of oil spills, ship traffic, pyrolytic processes, domestic and industrial wastewater discharges.

Effects of multiple stressors exposures on plant populations
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
The results of long-term field studies in the Bryansk region of Russia affected by the Chernobyl accident, and in the Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazakhstan are discussed. Findings obtained clearly indicate that chronic low dose exposure appears to be an ecological factor creating preconditions for possible changes in the genetic structure of a population. Plant populations growing in areas with relatively low levels of pollution are characterized by the increased level of both cytogenetic disturbances and genetic diversity. Under conditions of chronic exposure in pine tree populations were developed seed descendants with significantly lower reproductive ability than in the reference population.

On Global Treaty Relations – Hurdles on the Way towards a Universal Civil Nuclear Liability Regime
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (1/2009)
„A special regime for third party liability should as far as possible provide a uniform system for all Western European countries. The effects and repercussions of a nuclear incident will not stop at political or geographical frontiers and it is highly desirable that persons on one side of a frontier should be no less well protected than persons on the other side. For these reasons, an international agreement setting up such a regime is desirable. Such an agreement, supplementing the measures applied in the related and important fields of public health and safety and the prevention of accidents, may also facilitate the solution of third party liability problems at a national level.“

© IWWG International Waste Working Group (10/2007)
Pollution incidents of national significance can be caused by industrial accidents; natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, terrorist attacks; weapons of mass destruction; and disease outbreaks impacting the safety of the U.S. food supply. These incidents require an integrated response from federal, state, and local government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System for responding to Homeland Security incidents of national significance. Within the NRP, the DHS has identified 15 National Planning Scenarios that every federal, state and local emergency response agency is to create emergency plans for. Each of these 15 scenarios involves decontamination and disposal of contaminated material.



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