Thursday, February 2, 2012

Small traces of Radioactive Iodine-131 mysteriously appear throughout Barents Sea region, Northern Europe

While authorities in Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland have detected insignificant concentrations of the radioactive isotope Iodine-131, the numerous Russian nuclear industry installation on the neighboring Kola Peninsula are denying responsibility for the residues.

The source of the Iodine remains unknown, reported the Barents Observer.

The first evidence of the presence of Iodine-131 in the Norther Barents Sea reagion, which all of these countries border, came to light a number of days ago, but the results of the analysis where publicized in parallel press releases by Norway and Finland Tuesday evening. According to The Norwegian Radiation Authority (NRPA), heightened levels of Iodine-131 concentrations were discovered in two of six so-called online measuring stations in Norway’s northerly Finnmark County.

The NRPA has said its release that it has no reliable information about the source of the isotope, but assume that the Iodine arrived from Russian soil and is from a reactor or medical facility using isotope producing facilities.

The Norwegian press release indicated the concentrations of Iodine posed no danger to public health.

Both Norwegian and Swedish authorities said in their release they have received no information about any iodine releases in northern Europe, including Russia, the Barents Observer reported.

Iodine-131 is produced by nuclear reactors and medical equipment that use ionizing radiation, said NRPA. According to NRPA calculations, the radioactive particles were carried by wind from the south east, indicating that they came either from or through Russian territory. Read More