The European side expects Russia to provide accurate information about the causes of high levels of ruthenium-106.
The German Federal office for radiation protection (BfS) stated that the radiation levels in Europe could rise because of Russia, whose territory is likely to be the source of radiation emission. This was reported on the website of the Department.
It is noted that the BfS from 29 September to 3 October recorded a slight increase in radioactivity in Europe. In particular, in air samples from Germany and Austria found the isotope ruthenium-106. Thus its concentration does not threaten the life and health of the population.
“The reason recently recorded a small increase of the performance of radioactive ruthenium-106 is still not clear. However, with high probability, its source is in the southern Urals. This is indicated by data of the Federal office for radiation protection. Other regions in the South of Russia still cannot be excluded,” – said the Agency.
At the same time, the Agency eliminates the accident at the nuclear power plant as the cause of increasing the content of ruthenium-106, because the samples are not found other radiation isotopes.
“Given the fact that Russia is considered a source of radioactive emissions, the Federal environment Ministry expects reactions as the responsible Russian agencies and IAEA, as well as explanations and provide accurate information on the causes of high levels of ruthenium”, – said in a statement.
Ruthenium-106 is used in the medical industry in the treatment of cancer of the eye. Also, this isotope is used as the reference source for calibration of radiation monitoring devices and in fuel cells for satellites. Its radiotoxicity of Ruthenium-106 is in the same row with Cesium-137.
Recall, ruthenium – element of the eighth group of the fifth period of the periodic system of chemical elements, its atomic number is 44. Simple substance ruthenium is a transition metal silver color. Belongs to the platinum metals.
Opened by the Professor of Kazan University Karl Klaus in 1844, named after Russia (Ruthenia is the Latin name of Rus/Russia).