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No abnormalities detected in the environment

No abnormalities detected in the environment

9 Mar 2016 19:00
Press release

The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) radiation measurement vehicle attended the immediate surroundings of the affected site to assess radiation in the area.  The exercise discovered no abnormalities and radiation levels in the area were found to be normal. The concentrations found at the property are very low and pose no risk to human health.

”It is likely that the observations have been prompted by the handling of small quantities of radioactive waste.  It is now imperative that we learn the lessons of this incident and carefully consider the next steps. We will improve the regulation of and the practices for the handling and storage of disused radiation sources,” Eero Kettunen, Director of the Department of Radiation Practices Regulation, confirms.

Radiation sources are used in the manufacturing industry and healthcare sector. STUK is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing radiation sources from installation through to disposal. Operators are responsible for ensuring the safety of their operations at all times.

“A clean up operation is currently underway in the premises and they will shortly be restored back to use. We will continue to investigate the origin and reasons behind this chain of events. As the concentrations are small, it will be challenging and time-consuming to carry out the measurements needed and to identify the origin of these recent events. This is yet again an excellent demonstration of the responsive and high-quality radiation control function we have in place in Finland. The Caesium concentrations measured on the roof, for example, were so low that a person would need to breathe the air for 600 years continuously before exceeding the annual radiation dose limit of 1 mSv,” Tarja K. Ikäheimonen, Director of the Environmental Radiation Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness Department, explains.

For further information, please contact:

Eero Kettunen, Director, tel. +358 9 759 88 203
Tarja K. Ikäheimonen, Director, tel. +358 9 759 88 596
Kaisa Raitio, Head of Public Affairs, tel. +358 9 759 88 795

Environmental radiation
Updated
9 Mar 2016 19:16
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