Specialists of the Institute of nuclear and radiation safety of France published a report that over Europe was recorded with a radioactive cloud. According to French scientists, it was formed in Russia. Earlier the employees of the Federal office for radiation protection, Germany reported that in late September — early October, a cloud passed over the territories of France as well as Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Fortunately, noted the German and French experts, the dangers of the phenomenon have been presented, and now all disappeared. However, it is unclear which resulted in the formation of clouds.
We are talking about a radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, used not only in nuclear reactors but also, for example, in the treatment of eye tumors. According to the estimates of French and German experts, the leak in September was not the result of an accident at a nuclear power plant. Otherwise, they argue, together with ruthenium in the atmosphere was observed and the emissions of other substances.
Corporation “Rosatom”, said the Agency Associated Press, in turn, has denied the version that the leak occurred as a result of emergency at any Russian sites.
French scientists are unable to establish the exact location of the possible occurrence of clouds, saying only that it was formed somewhere between the Volga and Southern Urals.
Also, according to them, the source of emission of ruthenium could be satellites running on it, in case of entering them into the Earth’s atmosphere.
However, this version has not received official confirmation of the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA) stated that in the aforesaid period (from 27 September to 13 October) satellites in the Ruthenia in the planet’s atmosphere did not fall.
According to experts of the French Institute, the cloud does not represent a direct danger to human life. As a precautionary measure, the experts proposed to close the area of possible leaks for several kilometers and to introduce control of food coming out of there.
“Based on this analysis, the Institute considers that, on the one hand, the probability of a scenario involving the delivery to France of food (particularly mushrooms), infected with ruthenium-106 in close proximity to the source of the leak is very small, – said in the conclusion of the report. On the other hand, the potential health risk associated with this scenario are also very low. Therefore, the need for systematic monitoring of contamination of imported products is missing”.
FROM THE FILE “MK”
Ironic is the fact that the place of leak is named after our country. The fact that the discoverer of ruthenium Karl Klaus named the element in honour of Russia: Ruthenia is one of the medieval Latin name of Russia.