Work on an uninstalled nuclear reactor may be associated with an increase in radiation levels over Northern Europe, the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA) reported on July 2.
"The recent detection of a small increase in the level of radioisotopes in Northern Europe is probably due to a nuclear reactor that is operating or under maintenance, in which very low emissions of radioactive substances can occur. The geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined, вЂњ the IAEA reports.
The Agency stressed that the level of radiation in the air is very low and does not pose a danger to humans and animals. The IAEA said that it would only be able to determine the source of radioactive particles entering the atmosphere if it received such information from the country that released them.
They ruled out that the radiation output could be related to improper handling of the radioactive source. The IAEA noted that it was unlikely that the release could be related to a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, spent fuel, or the use of radiation in industry or medicine.
A number of States provided data on the absence of events related to the release of radiation on their territory, although they were not requested to do so by the IAEA. These countries include Algeria, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
Recall that on June 22-23, an increase in the level of the isotopes cesium-134, cesium-137, and ruthenium-103 was registered over the North-Eastern part of Europe.