Russia admits spike in radioactive ruthenium-106 over Ural Mountains amid fears of nuclear accident
Updated November 22, 2017 20:05:16
Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.
But the suspected source of the leak, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination.
The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement on Tuesday it recorded the release of ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as “extremely high contamination”.
Russian authorities insisted, however, that the contamination posed no health risks.
France’s nuclear safety agency earlier this month said it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the …