IAEA named possible cause of radiation over northern Europe

(ORDO NEWS) — A slight increase in the concentration of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere over the territory of Northern Europe may be due to work at a nuclear reactor, the geographic location of the release has not yet been determined, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said earlier that emissions over Northern Europe are not harmful to human health and the environment.

“The recent discovery of slightly elevated levels of radioisotopes in Northern Europe is likely due to a nuclear reactor that is running or is under maintenance, which could result in very low releases of radioactive substances,” the IAEA said, adding that the geographical origin of the release is not yet defined.

More than 40 countries, including Russia, told the IAEA that no events were recorded on their territory that could lead to increased concentrations of radioisotopes in the air.

Late last week, several media reported that in early June, the nuclear and radiation safety authorities of Sweden, Norway and Finland recorded a slight increase in the concentration of radioactive isotopes of the so-called reactor origin in the atmosphere over the territory of Northern Europe. It was also reported that, according to the calculations of the Netherlands National Institute of Health and the Environment (RIVM), these isotopes allegedly came from Russia and that the cause of the incident could be the depressurization of the fuel cell in the reactor of any nuclear power plant.

As Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, there were no alerts about threats or emergencies that could cause an increase in radiation levels in Russia, and the radiation safety monitoring system in Russia was perfect.

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