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Charles Digges of Bellona points out that “Moscow issues suspiciously repetitive denials about radioactive leak“, in a December 11th article. [1] Russia continues to deny that they are the source of the radioactive Ruthenium 106 leak found in Europe and by Russia’s weather service (as does everyone else). Rather, Russia says that it was a satellite which crashed. [1, 2]

However, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency “found that no satellites powered by ruthenium had reentered the atmosphere during the time period in question.“[2] Furthermore, “Nils Bøhmer, Bellona’s general manager and nuclear physicist, said that a satellite plunging to earth would have produced many other isotopes that regulators would have detected.“[1]

The International Atomic Energy Agency has to know the source. Accurate readings in conjunction with good historic weather maps would pinpoint the source. One can’t really believe the IAEA or Russia. The little information that can be found does suggest that the origin is the region of the Mayak nuclear waste site, however.

According to Charles Digges of Bellona, “The cause of the ruthenium leak, which was detected by French and German regulators in early November, was likely an error with a filtration system on an oven used to bake nuclear waste into glass – a process called vitrification – a routine procedure that Mayak regularly performs at a facility known as Factory 235.” [1]

Yury Mokrov, adviser to Mayak’s director general, said in a webcast press conference on December 13 that the plant does routinely process Ruthenium-106. Mokrov insisted, however, that the plant cannot be the source of any major leak, saying the emissions from the plant are so insignificant “we can only see it in the [plant’s] chimney.“[3]

However, in an earlier article, Charles Diggs explains that: “During such procedures, which Mayak performs routinely, ruthenium 106 can become volatile and change form, and these changes determine the kind of filter that’s required. Without the right kind of filter, gaseous ruthenium can end up in the atmosphere – which is exactly where the Europeans have been finding it.” [4]

Additionally, Russia put out a bid for clean-up of Mayak’s factory 235!
Google translate of the bid:
Notice of a tender with limited participation from 29.11.2017 №0773100000317000120
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PURCHASE
Method for determining the supplier (contractor, performer) Competition with limited participation
The accommodation is carried out by the Customer
STATE CORPORATION FOR ATOMIC ENERGY “ROSATOM”
The name of the object of procurement. Performance of work: “Rehabilitation of a radioactively contaminated site on the territory of the plant 235 Mayak PA” with an area of ​​30 thousand m2 “in support of the event” Rehabilitation of radiation contaminated areas of the plant 235 of the federal state unitary enterprise “Production Association Mayak” (Moscow). Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region) »
Procurement phase Submission of applications
Information about the relationship with the position of the schedule-schedule 2017077310000030030007450001
Number of the standard contract, standard terms of the contract Relationship with the model contract, the standard terms of the contract is not established.
” [5]

The Russian newspaper Kommersant claims that the clean-up contract is for the accident 60 years ago (1957) rather than a recent one. [5]

[1] “Moscow issues suspiciously repetitive denials about radioactive leak“. Published on December 11, 2017 by Charles Digges, http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-12-moscow-issues-suspiciously-repetitive-denials-about-radioactive-leak
[2] “Russia Says Falling Satellite Could Have Been Source Of Radioactive Cloud“, December 08, 2017 12:18 GMT, https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-rosatom-radioactive-cloud-could-be-falling-satellite/28905109.html
[3] “Russian Plant Admits It Emits Nuclear Isotope Amid Leak Reports
December 13, 2017 15:11 GMT https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-mayak-radiation-isotope-ruthenium-chelyabinsk/28914333.html
[4] “With Ruthenium release, Moscow repeats its bumbling success with radioactive lies“, Published on November 27, 2017 by Charles Digges, http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-11-with-ruthenium-release-moscow-repeats-its-bumbling-success-with-radioactive-lies
[5] The Russian government site can be linked through the original Bellona article, as can the Kommersant article, as we prefer not to link to those sites. We recommend both the Bellona article and reading the two Russia articles, with a translator, if needed: “Moscow issues suspiciously repetitive denials about radioactive leak“. Published on December 11, 2017 by Charles Digges, http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-12-moscow-issues-suspiciously-repetitive-denials-about-radioactive-leak