Radioactive iodine: Now France detects traces in atmosphere

  • Radioactive iodine: Now France detects traces in atmosphere

    France: France's nuclear watchdog on Tuesday said it had detected traces of radioactive iodine in the air last week after similarly low contamination was reported by the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.

    Concentrations of iodine 131 measuring a few microbecquerels per cubic metre were detected last week at four monitoring stations in northern and eastern France, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said.

    "Although the presence of iodine 131 over national territory is quite exceptional... the level of concentrations that have been observed are of no risk for public health," it said in a press release. "The source and date of the radioactive emissions which caused this pollution are currently unknown," the IRSN said.

    webmasters comment:

    while checking eurdep there was one nuclear power plant that stood out from the crowd along with NEK, that being Cattenom in France, 35km from Luxembourg.