Specialists from the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands have denied that Russia has become the source of radiation in Northern Europe, it is argued, on the contrary, that the exact country of origin of the radioactive substances cannot be established.
Earlier Friday, 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 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.
The official representative of the Rosenergoatom concern (the operator of all nuclear power plants in the Russian Federation, which is part of the Rosatom state corporation) told RIA Novosti that there were no deviations from the conditions of safe operation at nuclear power plants in northwestern Russia in June, and the radiation situation was in line with normal values.
On Sunday, the Netherlands Institute issued a new statement in which it noted that some media outlets, possibly due to a mistake in translation from the Dutch language, wrote that Russia was the source of the radionuclides, and from there they supposedly ended up in Europe. Experts have denied this version.
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«The Institute of Health claims that radionuclides moved from the western part of Russia to Scandinavia, but at the moment it is impossible to determine the specific country of origin (radiation — ed.),» The statement said.
The Institute noted that in the first half of June in Norway, sensors recorded iodine-131, while Sweden and Finland detected cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60, and ruthenium-103. RIVM experts claim that the release of radionuclides occurred as a result of human activity. However, the amount of radiation was «very low» and did not have a detrimental effect on human health and the environment.
In the Netherlands itself, the presence of artificial radioactive substances in the atmosphere was not recorded.