Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 3, pp 2335–2339 | Cite as

Radiocarbon in the atmosphere around the Bohunice nuclear power plant in Slovakia

  • Ivan KontuľEmail author
  • Pavel P. Povinec
  • Alexander Šivo
  • Marta Richtáriková


Radiocarbon variations associated with releases from Bohunice nuclear power plant have been observed in monthly atmospheric 14CO2 samples during the last 30 years with peak radiocarbon activity enrichment levels as high as 350‰. Simultaneously, relative depletion in radiocarbon levels as low as −10‰ has been observed due to radiocarbon-free fossil fuel emissions in the region (Suess effect).


Radiocarbon Carbon dioxide Nuclear power plant Suess effect 



The authors acknowledge support provided by the EU Research and Development Operational Program funded by the ERDF (Projects No. 26240120012, 26240120026 and 26240220004), and by the International Atomic Energy Agency (Projects No. SLR/1001 and RER/7/008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CENTA Laboratory, Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and InformaticsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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