The institute said it first registered an increase in the emissions in the first half of the year and that the level was below the threshold that poses a risk to health. It suspended output between June and August and made adjustments to its filtering system.
In September the institute resumed iodine-131 production, but emissions did not decline to previous levels, so it has stopped output until the necessary further adjustments to its filtering system are made, it said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) first announced last Friday that traces of iodine-131 had been detected in Europe, after it was tipped off by authorities in the Czech Republic.
The IAEA has said the traces should not pose a public health risk and that it does not think the particles are from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant after its emergency in March.
Hungary's Izotop Intezet said it had emitted 300 gigabecquerels (GBq) between January and May and another 324 GBq between September and November -- or roughly 39 percent of its maximum total annual output combined.
"A portion of iodine-131 measured in the atmosphere of Budapest was very likely to have originated from the emission of Izotop Intezet," it said.
"We stress that the emissions have remained below annual limits ... the public exposure is negligible, so the (emissions) have no health or radiobiological consequences."
Mihaly Lakatos, director of the institute, told Reuters that despite the higher than usual emission of the isotope, Hungary could not have been the source of the leakage registered in several European countries over the past weeks.
"The amounts of iodine-131 measured in neighbouring countries cannot have much to do with this, because the distances involved rule out that the amount we emit could be registered over there," he said.
"That is why we have issued this statement to reveal the extent of emission (in Hungary), which if someone looks at (it), they will see that it cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe," Lakatos said.
Took me an hour to find this damn article... but here it is... Proof that IAEA is lying.
This company Izotop was straightforward from the beginning. They were the ones to announce the emissions and clarified that they were working on the problem, that was lasting for a year.... They were not trying to hide it, but were changing the filters then testing the sistem. IAEA was clueluess before this report.
Did IAEA notice anything in the first half of the year? No. Did anyone else? No. Now IAEA is full of it all over.
IAEA jumped on the first possible excuse. Izotop on the other hand clarifies very neatly that they can not be the source of the Iodine detected all over Europe, beacuse concentrations in Hungary are on the approx same levels as detected thousands of km away.
Officially measuring stations in Slovenia didn't register anything, the same goes for Croatia and yet, if Hungary would be the source, the possibility that iodine wouldn't get detected in Slovenia and Croatia, while at the same time would get registered in France, is slimm or better close to zero.
This Izotop is a scapegoat for a melting nuclear power plant.
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