Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


About 110 underground nuclear tests were carried out between 1965 and 1989 on the Balapan site, inside the Seminpalatinsk polygon (Kazakhstan). The tests mainly concerned nuclear weapons. In general, the explosive charges were placed in specific boreholes at an average depth of between 450m and 600m. Some of the underground tests were also carried out as part of a program of peaceful applications, including the creation of an artificial lake. The main local settlements are outside but close to the test site boundary. However, there is no restriction of access to the site and limited reoccupation has already begun. The study aimed to analyze the current radiological impact to the population through the drinking water pathway, resulting from radionuclides released from the underground nuclear tests. No attempt has been made to evaluate and assess the radiation doses received in the past and subsequent health effects on local residents from the nuclear tests.

Additional information

Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17632 EN (1999) 166pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7166-5
Record Number: 199911456 / Last updated on: 1999-10-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en