Nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

Nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

French institute says pollution suggests release of nuclear material south of the Ural mountains in September has no consequence for human health

A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident has happened in a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, French nuclear safety institute IRSN has said.

The IRSN on Thursday ruled out an accident in a nuclear reactor, saying it was likely to be in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine. There has been no impact on human health or the environment in Europe, the IRSN said.

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