Norway Reports Radioactive Iodine Spike Along Border With Russia

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The Scandinavian country’s nuclear and radiation safety authority said the traces of radiation were non-hazardous.

A “tiny” concentration of radioactive iodine was detected in the air in the Norwegian province of Finnmark near the border with Russia, Norway’s Radiation & Nuclear Safety Authority announced on Thursday.

“Tiny amounts of radioactive iodine [have] been measured in air at our air filter station in Svanhovd in Northern Norway,” the agency said in a press release, adding that “the level detected is very low and poses no harm to people nor the environment.”

The regulator specified that its conclusions were based on a sample taken between August 9 and 12, in the days immediately following Russia’s August 8 failed test of an unspecified “new piece of armament” which US officials have alleged was the Burevestnik, NATO reporting name SSC-X-9 ‘Skyfall’, a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile.

‘Not Possible to Determine’ Radiation Source

“The measurement result is comparable to earlier measurements,” regulator continued. “Norwegian monitoring stations detect radioactive iodine about 6-8 times a year and the source is usually unknown. When no other radioactive substances than iodine is detected, the source is most likely releases from production facilities for radioactive pharmaceuticals containing iodine,” authorities explained.

According to the Radiation & Nuclear Safety Authority,…

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