On the alleged radiation at Nongbah Jynrin, Govt asked NEHU to assist in the investigation

Shillong, Jan 28:In connection with the alleged incident of radiation hazard at Nongbah Jynrin, Wahkaji, South West Khasi Hills District, the Government of Meghalaya had requested the North Eastern Hills Univeristy (NEHU) to assist the State Government 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.

A Six Member Team under the Chairmanship of Prof. B. Myrboh, Department of Chemistry, NEHU visited the site on 10.11.2020. The report of the NEHU Expert Committee was received by the Government on 17.12.2020.

An interactive session on the report was held on 20.1.2021 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya.

The report of the NEHU Expert Committee 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 100ft. 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.

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