Increased Radiation Levels in Northern Europe May Indicate Damaged Power Plant

Low levels of radiaiton detected in Northern Europe may be indicative of damage to a nuclear power plant in Western Russia. 

Authorities from nuclear agencies in Finland, Norway, and Sweden, all announced last week that they have detected increased radioactive isotopes across Scandinavia and in some Arctic regions.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said on Tuesday it was not possible to confirm the source of radiation.

However, Dutch authorities analysed data from their Nordic neighbours and have concluded it originated in western Russia.“The radionuclides are artificial, that is to say they are man-made,” the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands said on Friday. “The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant [but] a specific source location cannot be identified due to the limited number of measurements.”

Russia's nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom released a statement on Sunday saying that its two power stations in the north-west, the Leningrad NPP and the Kola NPP, were working normally and that no leaks had been reported. The spokesperson for Roseneroatom also stated that "aggregated emissions of all specified isotopes in the above-mentioned period did not exceed the reference numbers", and that radiation levels around the two powers stations "have remained unchanged in June."

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