US National Academy of Science study blames Russia for the release of radioactive gas over Europe; but Russia maintains denial

US National Academy of Science study blames Russia for the release of radioactive gas over Europe; but Russia maintains denial

In 2017 there was an alarming release of radioactive material across Europe. Europe suspected the release came from Rosatom, the state-owned Russian nuclear energy corporation, from the Russian Southern Ural region. Russia denied the release. On Tuesday, Rosatom continued to deny the accusations, saying: “We maintain that there have been no reportable events at any Rosatom-operated plants or facilities.”

However, the metrocouk.com recently reported that a new study conducted by the US National Academy of Sciences and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) has determined the gas released was from that region of Russia and that it was higher than the release of radioactive material in the wake of Fukushima. According to the National Academy of Sciences: “In the autumn of 2017, a cloud of ruthenium-106 was measured in ‘many European countries’ with a maximum radiation level of 176 millibecquerels per cubic meter of air, which were up to 100 times higher than the total level measured after the Fukushima incident.”

Specifically, the radioactivity originated in the Mayak reprocessing plant in the Chelyabinsk region near the border with Kazakhstan, the report stated. The plant is managed by Rosatom. However, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the cloud was not harmful to Europe although areas in Russia near the release were in danger.

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