The United Nations Nuclear Agency has stated that the slightly elevated levels of radioactivity found in northern Europe are not harmful to human health or the environment. However, it is still unclear what their cause is. Russia has not yet made any comments, reports the Associated Press.
Last week, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety monitors said they discovered small amounts of radioactive isotopes in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia, and the Arctic.
Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the levels reported by the IAEA are low and not dangerous to human health and the environment.
The Vienna Agency contacted European countries on Saturday to request information. He said that by Monday evening everyone voluntarily reported that nothing had happened on their territory that could cause the concentration of isotopes in the air. Several countries outside Europe reported similar results.
Russia was not on the list of countries that reported to the IAEA on Monday.
“I expect more and more Member States to provide us with relevant information and data, and we will continue to inform the public”.
Rafael Grossi, IAEA Director-General
However, the Russian state-run nuclear operator said that two nuclear power plants in northwestern Russia did not report any problems.
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority reported on Tuesday that the country’s defense research institute also measured levels of cesium-134, cesium-137, and ruthenium-103 at a station in Stockholm on June 22-23. The levels were similar to those recorded by Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety observers.