Increased level of radioactivity recorded at western border of Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

In Europe, it is believed that bursts of radiation may indicate damage to the fuel cell at nuclear power plants
22:15, 28 June 2020

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Slightly increased levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe this month. Dutch officials said they might be from a source in western Russia and may “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.” This is reported by AP.

But Russian news agency TASS, citing a spokesman with the state nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom, stated that the two nuclear power plans in northwestern Russia haven’t reported any problems.

The Leningrad plant near St. Petersburg and the Kola plant near the northern city of Murmansk, “operate normally, with radiation levels being within the norm,” Tass said.

The Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said this week they’ve spotted small amounts of radioactive isotopes harmless to humans and the environment in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said Tuesday that “it is not possible now to confirm what could be the source of the increased levels” of radioactivity or from where a cloud, or clouds, containing radioactive isotopes that have allegedly been blowing over the skies of northern Europe originated. Its Finnish and Norwegian counterparts also haven’t speculated about a potential source.

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But the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands said Friday it analyzed the Nordic data and “these calculations show that the radionuclides (radioactive isotopes) come from the direction of Western Russia.”

“The radionuclides are artificial, that is to say, they are man-made. The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” the Dutch agency said, adding that ”a specific source location cannot be identified due to the limited number of measurements.”

The unnamed Rosatomenergo spokesman told TASS on Saturday that radiation levels at the Leningrad and Kola power stations and their surrounding areas “have remained unchanged in June, and no changes are also observed at present.”

Both stations are working in normal regime. There have been no complaints about the equipment’s work,” TASS quoted him as saying. “No incidents related to release of radionuclide outside containment structures have been reported.

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