Hungary lab emitted iodine-131 — But lab director says “It cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe”

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 7:25 am ET
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Hungary lab says emitted iodine-131, now halted, Reuters, Nov. 17, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

“A portion of iodine-131 measured in the atmosphere of Budapest was very likely to have originated from the emission of Izotop Intezet,” [Hungary’s Izotop Intezet] said. […]

Mihaly Lakatos, director of the institute, told Reuters that despite the higher than usual emission of the isotope, Hungary could not have been the source of the leakage registered in several European countries over the past weeks. […] He said the institute had not been approached by the IAEA for information.

Lakatos stated:

  • “The amounts of iodine-131 measured in neighbouring countries cannot have much to do with this, because the distances involved rule out that the amount we emit could be registered over there.”
  • “That is why we have issued this statement to reveal the extent of emission (in Hungary), which if someone looks at (it), they will see that it cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe.”

Izotop Intezet said it emitted:

  • 300 gigabecquerels (GBq) were emitted between January and May
  • 324 GBq between September and November

A total of 624 billion becquerels

 

 

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 7:25 am ET
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