Graphic toont een kaart van het mogelijke brongebied in de 72 uur voorafgaand aan de detectie van het stralingslek, en een tijdlijn van de gebeurtenissen.
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Rusland ontkent dat zijn kerncentrales verantwoordelijk zijn voor stralingslek

By Jordi Bou

June 29, 2020 - Rusland ontkent verantwoordelijkheid voor een stralingslek dat in Noord-
Europa is ontdekt, dat volgens Nederlandse officials “duidt op schade
aan een brandstofelement in een kerncentrale”.

Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes harmless to humans in the atmosphere.

Last Friday, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands said that the radionuclides (radioactive isotopes) came from the direction of Western Russia.

But Rosenergoatom, the power-plant subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned nuclear group Rosatom, has said that its two nuclear power plants in the north-west – the Leningrad NPP and the Kola NPP – are working normally and that no leaks have been reported.

Russia has a history of concealing radiation leaks. Most notoriously, Soviet authorities for weeks denied the true extent of the accident at Chernobyl in 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Western Russia has several nuclear facilities, including the vast Leningrad nuclear facility outside St Petersburg, which features four reactors of the same Soviet-era type as those at Chernobyl. Work is underway to upgrade the facility.

PUBLISHED: 29/06/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: RIA Novosti archive, image #305005 / Alexey Danichev / CC-BY-SA 3.0
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