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Premises are being reclaimed and investigation continues

Premises are being reclaimed and investigation continues

9 Mar 2016 11:10
Press release

The radioactive cesium 137 detected by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) on the 3rd and 4th of March was yesterday evening (8 March) traced back to the garage and parts of the basement of the building in which STUK operates. The same property complex also houses a company that treats small radioactive waste.

The premises were isolated on the basis of measurements carried out, and personal safety has been ensured by measures such as whole body scans. Normal operation at STUK continues with the exception of some restrictions on the use of premises.

“STUK has inspected its own radiation sources and has ascertained that they are not the source of the radiation detected. We also carried out an internal investigation and were able to establish that we have not handled in our premises samples that emit this type of radiation. Finding the source of the radiation is important and we will continue with our investigation. At the moment, we are also reclaiming STUK’s premises,” says STUK’s director Tarja K. Ikäheimonen.  

The concentrations measured have been very low and do not pose a threat to health. As a precautionary measure, STUK launched, at 10 a.m., radiation measurements in the vicinity of the property. The results of these measurements will be available by 3 p.m.

For further information, please contact:

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

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