France Blames Russia Or Kazakhstan For Radioactive Cloud In Europe; Russia and Kazakhstan Say It Wasn’t Them

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French Nuclear Watchdog: Radioactive Cloud In Europe Came From Russia Or Kazakhstan, November 10, 2017 09:43 GMT, RFE/RL

A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in late September likely originated from a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan, the French nuclear safety institute IRSN said.

In a November 9 statement, IRSN ruled out an accident in a nuclear reactor, saying it was a likely leak in a nuclear fuel-treatment site or center for radioactive medicine.

In recent weeks, IRSN and several other nuclear safety institutes in Europe had measured high levels of ruthenium 106, a radioactive nuclide which does not occur naturally and is the product of splitting atoms in a nuclear reactor.

Because of its short half-life of about one year, ruthenium 106 is used in nuclear medicine.

There has been no impact on human health or the environment in Europe…

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