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Russian weather service confirms 'extremely high' radiation release

23 November 2017, 12:26 | Colleen Roy

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Russian authorities said an "extremely high" level of radioactive pollution was detected in the Ural mountains weeks ago - but denied the contamination came from a nuclear accident.

In a press statement issued today, Mayak said it was not the source of the excess concentration of ruthenium-106, and officials in Chelyabinsk, the nearest large city, said they would have been ordered to evacuate if radiation levels were risky, The Moscow Times reports.

In mid-October, in response to the earliest European reports about the radioactive cloud, the Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom issued a statement cited by Russian media outlets as saying, "In samples tested from September 25 to October 7, including in the southern Urals, no trace of Ruthenium-106 was found, except in St. Petersburg".

Earlier this month, France's nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded a spike in radioactivity, and said that "the most plausible zone of release" of this radioactive material "lies between the Volga and the Urals" from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material.

The Federal Service for Consumer Protection and Welfare, Rospotrebnadzor, also concluded that levels of Ruthenium-106 did not exceed acceptable limits.

They acknowledged "extremely high contamination" above the Ural Mountains, detecting levels of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 up to nearly 1,000 times the normal amount.

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.

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.

On Monday, Rosgidromet said the isotope was detected in Tatarstan and southern Russian Federation, and had eventually reached "all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe" from 29 September.

At Beacon, in turn, argue that the release of ruthenium-106 are irrelevant and stated that after checking his background radiation did not reveal any abnormalities.

After all, in 1957, Mayak was the site of the third-most serious nuclear accident ever recorded - the Kyshtym disaster, ranked behind only Fukushima and Chernobyl. The facility now serves as a reprocessing site for nuclear fuel and ranks as one of the most radioactive places on earth, according to Greenpeace.

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

The facility further said that the radiation was not harmful for health.

Greenpeace Russia had demanded a probe in the matter.

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