Russia: Ruthenium radiation ‘not from Urals plant’ says Rosatom

The Russian nuclear corporation, Rosatom, and the Institute for Nuclear Power Development of the Russian Academy of Sciences held a joint press conference on a probe into the Mayak facility in the Ural Mountains in Moscow on Friday. Speaking about the outcome of the probe, Vladimir Boltunov, Director of the Rosatom General Inspector Service, stated that «the facilities in the Mayak production... Еще association could not be the source of the pure ruthenium registered on the territory of the Russian Federation and other countries.» Nedezhda Poziapun, officer for the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency, said that the entire personnel in Mayak have annual examinations aimed at detecting radiation and were «proved to be clean.» A Russian scientist in the field of nuclear energy, Rafael Harutyunyan, stressed that the hypothesis of the Mayak's involvement in the ruthenium's release 'is absolutely groundless.' He confirmed the ruthenium's presence but said that all talks concerning its threat to human lives are 'nonsense' due to the quantities involved. «However, the question concerning ruthenium itself is not trivial», Harutyunyan added.

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