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21.11.2017 16:26
Russia admitted to having registered radioactive pollution in parts of its territory
The pollution is not sufficient to cause an impact on human health or the environment in Europe

  • © Patrick Byrne,

Russia admitted to having registered radioactive pollution in parts of its territory at the end of September and the beginning of October and thus confirmed the announcements by several European agencies that monitor radioactivity, BTA informed.
In a press release Russia’s meteorological service Roshydromet said it identified Ruthenium-106 in its weekly data on the content of radioactive elements on the territory of Russia for the week ending September.
According to the release, the isotope does not meet the criteria for extremely high pollution. Roshydromet said that the exceeding the content of Ruthenium-106 in the samples relative to the previous period by hundreds is explained by the absence of this radionuclide in previous samples.
This identification of the isotope supports a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on November 9 a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe had indicated that an accident had taken place at a nuclear facility either in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, Reuters reported. 
IRSN ruled out the possibility of an accident in a nuclear reactor, saying the material it detected was more likely to have been released from a nuclear fuel treatment site or center for radioactive medicine. The pollution would not be sufficient to cause an impact on human health or the environment in Europe, the French institute said.
Rosatom said the same in an announcement, according to which Roshydromet's data on isotope contamination with Ruthenium-106 shows that the dose that could have been received by a person is significantly less than the maximum permissible dose and does not pose any danger to human health and life.
The atmospheric pollution by the isotope Ruthenium-106, indicated in the report of Roshydromet, is not related to the activities of the FSUE Mayak Production Association, the Russian company said.

TAGS: Russia | radioactive pollution | radioactivity | meteorological service | Roshydromet | Ruthenium-106 | isotope | French nuclear safety institute | IRSN | nuclear facility | nuclear fuel 

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