[ RadSafe ] I-131 from Russia?

franz.schoenhofer at chello.at franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Tue Feb 7 11:39:21 CST 2012

Dear Mattias,

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I am not anymore in charge of the Austrian Environmental Radiation Surveillance System, but I remember the times when we found elevations not only of I-131 but also other fission products in aerosols. In most instances we could trace them to hospitals, which obviously burned contaminated waste, but in other ones we could - with the help of our finnish collegues from STUK- trace them to underground nucob ab lear explosion (long time ago!) in then USSR. 
In any case the concentrations were many orders of magnitude below any levels of concern. 

Your observation confirms the sensitivity and reliability of the environmental surveillance systems for radioactivity in Europe. 

I guess that you might collect data from other European states and probably could communicate them to Radsafe (or to me). Reports in other languages (Swedish, Finnish) are welcome.

Best wishes och vänlig hälsning fran Wien, där äntligen snön har kommit!


---- "Olsson Mattias :MSO" <mso at forsmark.vattenfall.se> schrieb:
> Hi all,
> This report (and others) on low levels of I-131 detected in air came out
> the other week. Presently it seems as if the local NPP (Forsmark) can
> possibly see traces of it in release sampling systems as well (from
> running the outdoor air through the buildings and out the main stack
> where the ventilation air of course becomes included in the release
> sampling). I haven't heard any other news on the subject since the other
> week so I'm curious if anyone has heard anything about the source of
> this release?
> http://www.stuk.fi/stuk/tiedotteet/en_GB/news_714/
> All the best,
> Mattias Olsson
> Forsmark, Sweden
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Franz Schoenhofer, PhD, MinRat
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