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Radioactive cloud WARNING: Russian 'NUCLEAR disaster' may have caused major pollution

23 November, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Agrayash weather station, located around 20 miles from a huge nuclear reprocessing plant known as Mayak, recorded pollution levels 986 times those of the previous 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".

France's IRSN, a nuclear safety institute, ruled out the possibility of an accident in a nuclear reactor and believes the material it detected is more likely to have been released from a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine. The head of the service said excessive ruthenium-106 levels had been documented in Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

Russia's meteorological service has confirmed that "extremely high" concentrations of a radioactive isotope were found in parts of the country in late September.

After weeks of silence and denials, Russian Federation has confirmed that it too has detected evidence of a mysterious radiation cloud floating above much of Europe, observing a dramatic radiation spike above Russia's Ural Mountains.

"Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations Argayash and Novogorny were found to contain radioisotope Ru-106", Russia's Rosgidromet service said, according to the South China Morning Post. In 1957, the plant triggered what environmental activists later called the world's "second biggest nuclear disaster in history" after a storage tank exploded and radioactive waste was spread across the region - contaminating tens of thousands of people.

In a statement on Monday, Rosgidromet said the nuclear matter could eventually reach "all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe".

Involvement in fact the release of risky chemical element ruthenium in the Chelyabinsk region, employees of the enterprise "Mayak" denies, despite the fact that many worldwide and domestic structures indicates that this enterprise is a source of the spread of radiation contamination.

Their findings suggest the radiation could have come from a medical research plant, a fallen satellite or a nuclear fuel reprocessing site.

Ruthenium-106 is a product of splitting atoms in a reactor and does not occur naturally.

The thin cloud, which vanished within weeks, was spotted over more than a dozen nations, but reportedly did not pose a health risk.

"Greenpeace will send a letter asking prosecutors to open an inquiry into potential concealment of a nuclear incident", it said in a statement.

It said that the source of the pollution was probably an accident somewhere between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains, adding that the concentrations measured in Europe were not a danger to public health.



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