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Source of “extremely high” radiation in Russia a mystery

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Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.

The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement Tuesday that it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as “extremely high contamination.”

France’s nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material. It said the release of the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to European countries.

At the time, Russia’s state-controlled Rosatom corporation said in a statement that there had been no radiation leak from its facilities.

The Russian meteorological office’s report, however, noted high levels of radiation in the villages adjacent to Rosatom’s Mayak plant for spent nuclear fuel.

Mayak in a statement on Tuesday denied being the source of contamination. The plant said it has not conducted any work on extracting Ruthenium-106 from spent nuclear fuel “for several years.”

Mayak, in the Chelyabinsk region, has been responsible for at least two of Russia’s biggest radioactive accidents. In 2004 it was confirmed that waste was being dumped in the local river. Nuclear regulators say that no longer happens, but anti-nuclear activists say it’s impossible to tell given the level of state secrecy.

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace said in a statement on Tuesday that it would petition the Russian Prosecutor General’s office to investigate “a possible concealment of a radiation accident” and check whether public health was sufficiently protected.



6 Comments on "Source of “extremely high” radiation in Russia a mystery"

  1. dave thompson on Tue, 21st Nov 2017 5:37 pm 

    Radiation leaks coming to an industrial civilization near you.

  2. onlooker on Tue, 21st Nov 2017 5:48 pm 

    In theory nuclear could have been the way to leave FF, in practice it is proving to be now too expensive and an ever increasing environmental danger

  3. dissident on Tue, 21st Nov 2017 7:51 pm 

    The USSR legacy has left Russia with many undocumented nuclear dumps where conditions for such emissions to occur are ripe. The local and federal authorities and people alive today have no information about such sites and these events will keep happening sporadically.

    But the talk about “massive” is utter BS. The plume of radiation diluted to some fraction above background by the time it reached the EU. Where all the bitching and moaning is coming from. The highest contamination is around the emission site which is in a remote location.

  4. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 22nd Nov 2017 4:45 am 

    Me and Mick, yeah went on a tourist
    trip into Russia got in touch with some
    crazy ass locals drunk on Vodka. Met some
    of their buddes in the mafia they took us
    on a road trip. Old Russian cars belch blue smoke.

    Wound up over by the Ural mountains they
    had a bunch of old sofa’s and tires but
    then was these yellow drums with funny
    symbols kinda glowed green inside. So the
    tour guide said let’s pour the green
    gunk all over the sofa’s and tires damn
    it lit all by itself! There was something
    chemically weird, we ran like hell and got
    back to the USA. Now all the other
    countries say something is going on. Hope
    nobody figures out it was us.

  5. Boat on Wed, 22nd Nov 2017 9:18 pm 

    Speed, I used to live in a reefer zone to. It was the mushrooms that gave me control of the universe and all it’s knowledge. The problem is the memory loss. Sigh.

  6. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 23rd Nov 2017 4:10 am 


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