Russian Federation admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster

Russian Federation admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster

In their study, the French researchers believed that the Ruthenium-106 isotopes could have come from a medical research plant, a fallen satellite (of which there had been no reports) - or a nuclear fuel reprocessing site.

Greenpeace Russia on Monday called on Rosatom to open "an in-depth inquiry and publish the results about the incidents at Mayak", according to The Guardian.

"Another possibility is that materials containing ruthenium-106 were placed in a metal remelting furnace".

Air samples in the town of Argayash in late September-early October, for example, showed levels almost 1,000 times higher than those recorded in the previous months.

"Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations in Argayash and Novogorny [villages in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals] contained radioisotope Ru-106" in the period between September 25 and October 1, Russia's meteorological service, Rosgidromet, said in a statement.

More news: Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

After European monitors detected a radioactive cloud in late September, Russia's meteorological service said earlier on Tuesday it had also registered extreme levels of the radioactive material Ruthenium 106, or Ru-106.

Ruthenium-106 is a radioactive isotope of ruthenium, meaning it has a different number of neutrons than the naturally occurring form of the element.

"In 2017, there was no production of ruthenium-106 sources at the Mayak Production Association", said Rosatom, owner of the facility.

Russia's meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution by a radioactive isotope at almost 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural Mountains, the first confirmation by officials there that an accident could have taken place.

Mayak is also the site, in 1957, of the world's third worst nuclear disaster, topped only by Chernobyl and Fukushima.

More news: Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

The French nuclear safety institute the IRSN said this month, ...

When Moscow's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom released a statement earlier rejecting reports of a possible radioactive leak, it said the "radiation around all objects of Russian nuclear infrastructure is within the norm and the level of background radiation".

The Mayak reprocessing plant in the Chelyabinsk region, which has already been fingered by analysts as a likely origin of the leak, was involved in several incidents in the past, including most recently a nuclear waste dump into a nearby river in 2004.

"The concentration levels of ruthenium-106 in the air that have been recorded in Europe and especially in France are of no effect for human health and for the environment", the IRSN said in a statement.

"Voiced "by Roshydromet" data for contamination with isotopes of ruthenium-106 lead to the conclusion that the dose could be received by man, and it is 20 thousand times smaller than the maximum allowable dose per year, so it poses to life and health".

More news: The Best Apple Black Friday Deals For This Weekend

Greenpeace said in a statement on Tuesday that it would ask Russia's prosecutors' office to investigate whether there had been an accident in the area.

Related Articles