The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Sunday that “very low” levels of man-made radioactivity had been found above the three countries. There was no impact on the environment or human health, he said.
“The combination of radionuclides may be explained by an anomaly in the fuel elements of a nuclear power plant,” RIVM suggested after making a calculation to find the source of the radionuclides, which are atoms with an unstable core.
“Calculations indicate that the nuclides come from the direction of western Russia. Determining a more specific source location is not possible with the limited data available,” RIVM said on its website. It should be noted that “at this time no specific country of origin can be indicated.”
In response, Russia said no incidents were reported at two plants in the west of the country.
“No incidents have been reported at the Leningrad nuclear power plant and the Kola nuclear power plant, both stations are operating normally, there have been no complaints regarding the functionality of the equipment,” a media release said in a statement. of the state RIA Novosti by Rosenergoatom, part of the Rosatom State Nuclear Power Corporation which oversees all of Russia’s nuclear infrastructure.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also denied any incident occurred.
“We have an exceptional and modern nuclear safety monitoring system and as you can see there have been no alarms regarding any threatened or emergency situation,” Peskov said on Monday. “We don’t know what the source is for these specialist reports in the Netherlands,” he added.
A communications official at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) told CNN on Monday that Finnish authorities were not speculating on the exact source, but had indications that it came from a nuclear reactor.
“STUK has been in contact with domestic nuclear power plants. They have not detected any substances detected by STUK in monitoring their emissions. It is therefore unlikely that the detected radioactive substances were of domestic origin,” the authority said in a statement. press release.
A representative for the Swedish Radiation Authority told CNN that “very low levels” of the isotopes Cs-134, Cs-137, Ru-103 and Co-60 were found in two places: Visby, between ‘8-15 June, and Stockholm, 22-23 June. The representative did not speculate on the origin and location of the source of the material.
A press officer at the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority told CNN that the checks were carried out in about two weeks, before its Nordic counterpart. The detected level was also said to be very low and other measurements were taken this week.
Maria Ilyushina reported from Moscow. Niamh Kennedy reported from Dublin.