A cloud of radioactive pollution spread over Europe after a possible “accident” at a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan, French nuclear safety officials confirmed on Friday. France’s nuclear safety institute, IRSN, picked up faint traces of ruthenium 106, a radioactive nuclide that is produced when atoms are split in a nuclear reactor and which does not occur naturally, in three of its 40 monitoring stations late September. Faint traces were also detected in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. There has been no impact on human health or the environment in Europe, a French official stressed, but he added that detection of such a cloud was “absolutely not normal”. IRSN, the technical arm of the French nuclear regulator, said in a statement it could not pinpoint the location of the release of radioactive material but that based on weather patterns, the most plausible zone lay south of the Ural mountains, between the Urals and the Volga river. This could indicate Russia or possibly Kazakhstan, it said.
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Contamination with ruthenium 106. Radioactive releases are considerable and would come from Russia or from nearby countries! Officials are finally concerned about the importance of the ruthenium 106 discharges from September 2017, and the risks incurred as close as possible to the source term! At first, the Official releases have simply emphasized the absence of risk in France and Europe. The CRIIRAD had alerted as early as October 5, but to no avail, about the risks incurred by local populations. However, we know since Chernobyl that we must act very quickly because the exposure is major in the first days and the first weeks. Reminder: Abnormal presence of ruthenium 106 1 in European air detected at the end of September In a press release 2 of 4 October 2017, IRSN stated that ruthenium 106 had been detected in the air of several European countries and concluded, without any reservations on the levels at the accident site and in nearby areas: “Very low levels of contamination atmospheric ruthenium 106 observed to date by the European monitoring networks are without consequences for the environment and for health. Nevertheless, IRSN maintains vigilance monitoring of this presence of ruthenium in the air”.
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