OSLO (Reuters) – Small quantities of radioactive isotopes have been detected in air samples collected in Kotka in southeastern Finland, however there isn’t any danger to people and such findings are “pretty widespread”, the nation’s the nuclear safety watchdog mentioned on Wednesday.
The radiation and nuclear security authority (STUK) mentioned in an announcement, “The noticed radioactivity has no influence on the setting or human well being, because the focus was very low.”
There are various nuclear energy reactors in Finland, Sweden, Russia and the broader area.
“Small quantities of zirconium and niobium can escape into the air, for instance, from nuclear energy plant gasoline throughout plant upkeep,” STUK mentioned.
Throughout pattern assortment, air currents have been blowing from the east and southeast in the direction of Kotka, however the supply of the radiation was unknown, it added.
A spokesman for the company mentioned STUK didn’t plan to conduct additional investigations as a result of such findings have been “pretty widespread”.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, Modifying by Stine Jacobson)