Hungarian Plant responsible for released I-131: 634,000,000,000 bq

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A Hungarian laboratory is the most likely source of the outbreak of a radioactive particle recently detected in the atmosphere above parts of Europe, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported.   It was reported it had received information from the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority that the most probable source is the Institute of Isotopes in Budapest, which produces radio-isotopes for health care, research and industrial applications.

The IAEA was first notified of the presence of trace levels of I-131 by authorities from the Czech Republic on 11 November. Since this notification, the IAEA contacted several member states throughout the region to determine the cause and origin. The IAEA also worked with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to conduct air dispersion modelling, as part of efforts to determine the source.

In a statement dated the beginning of the week, the Criirad , Committee for Research and Independent Information on Radioactivity , expressed concern about the lack of detail about these issues that have occurred, officials said, in Hungary.

It is indeed an institute of production radio – isotope ( Izotope Intézet ) located in Budapest to be responsible for the incident, and the Atomic Energy Authority Hungarian ( HAEA ) has informed the International Atomic Energy of Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) said in a statement dated Nov. 17, one week after the case was revealed. 

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The Hungarian company has nothing mentioned on its website Internet .

The Hungarian authorities said the release of iodine-131 occurred between 8 September and yesterday, and the cause is under investigation.

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Release of iodine-131 allowed

Indications of the HAEA, discharges of 131 took place between September 8 and November 16, 2011. The HAEA explained that the Institute has an annual discharge authorization. It can generate 1,600 billion becquerels (GBq) per year! In comparison, the maximum permissible dose recommended internationally is 1 millisievert, which is approximately – depending on the conditions of release – to 279 GBq year.

In other words, doses of iodine-131 may be released by the Hungarian Institute are well above the maximum tolerated dose. They are therefore potentially dangerous to the surrounding population, contrary to what was originally announced, and although the period of this radioactive element is short (after about 8 days the radioactivity of iodine-131 is divided by two).

In one year, 634 billion becquerels!

The HAEA was able to specify the amounts of iodine that was released: 324 GBq over the past two months, which are added 300 GBq between January and May 2011. Or 624 GBq, which is ” 28,300 times the discharges of radioactive iodine made ​​in 2009 by the nuclear power plant Tricastin and 130 times higher than those made ​​by the reprocessing plant at La Hague , “said in a statement Criirad .

Given the lack of accurate information from Hungary and the many uncertainties, Criirad calls for vigilance from the public, recommending not to consume vegetables and dairy products from local sources. Finally, she asked that studies be conducted to determine if other radioactive elements were rejected and that the ” serious malfunctions “highlighted by this case are treated.

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