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Hungary:Radioactive iodine leaked from Hungarian institute

Friday, November 18, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 18,2011

Hungary says the source of radioactive iodine detected in Europe over the past few weeks was probably from an isotope maker in Budapest.

Authorities in the Czech Republic, Austria and Russia measured very low levels of iodine-131 in their atmospheres from late October to November. The International Atomic Energy Agency along with those countries conducted an investigation for the source of the iodine.

On Thursday, the IAEA issued a statement saying that Hungary’s nuclear authority told the agency that iodine-131 had been released from a private institute from September 8th to November 16th. The institute produces radioisotopes for healthcare, research and industry.

The Hungarian government also issued a statement on the same day, saying there are no public health concerns because the leaked iodine is within the permissible amount set by the country.

Hungary and the IAEA are continuing the investigation and working out measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Laaska News.