NUCLEAR LEAK ALERT
ENVIRONMENTAL charity Greenpeace has called for an urgent investigation into a possible cover-up of a very serious nuclear leak in Russia.
Levels of ruthenium-106, a dangerous radioactive element, were found to be nearly 1,000 times above normal levels last month.
On 10 November, French scientists said they had detected increased levels of nuclear substances in the atmosphere above France, thought to have originated in Russia. At first, the Russian nuclear agency denied being responsible. Now, authorities have admitted the ruthenium reached “all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe”.
The highest levels of Ru-106 were found near a facility that processes nuclear fuel waste, but the plant denied it was the source of the leak, and said that, in any case, the levels presented “no threat at all to health”. Greenpeace Russia thinks there may have been a cover-up, and has demanded an investigation.