Radiation leak fears from Russia’s atomic power plants

Radiation leak fears from Russia’s atomic power plants

Russian atomic power producer Rosenergoatom has denied that a radiation leak found in Baltic and Nordic countries has originated from an atomic power plant in north-western Russia.

Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere.

Lassina Zerbo, executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) tweeted on Friday, June 26, that its Stockholm monitoring station had detected three isotopes – Cs-134, Cs-137 and Ru-103 – at higher than usual levels but not harmful to human health.

A spokesperson for the Rosenergoatom Concern responded by saying to TASS news agency that two nuclear power plants in northwestern Russia – the Leningrad NPP and the Kola NPP – operate normally, with radiation levels being within the norm.

“Both stations are working in normal regime. There have been no complaints about the equipment’s work. Aggregated emissions of all specified isotopes in the above-mentioned period did not exceed the reference numbers. No incidents related to release of radionuclide outside containment structures have been reported”.

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