16 August 2019, 10:51

Chernobyl comes round again: Greenpeace noted that authorities are lying to the Russians about real level of radiation after explosion at a military training ground near Arkhangelsk

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The Russian authorities are concealing information about the fact that the real level of radiation arose as a result of the explosion at a military training ground in the Arkhangelsk region.

Russian branch of Greenpeace made a corresponding statement.

The general public was not promptly informed that Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Roshydromet recorded an increased level of not only gamma but also beta radiation, not only in Severodvinsk (August 8), but also in Arkhangelsk in the form of precipitation (the level rose on August 9, values remained increased on August 10 and 11), reads the message.

Thus, according to the Greenpeace expert Rashid Alimov, first of all it is important to find out which radionuclides got into the environment, since their accumulation and impact on both nature and man depend on it.

Closer to the site of the tragedy, the level of radioactive contamination may be higher, and people also live there. It is also important to establish if water pollution has occurred. It is just inconceivable to hide information about radioactive contamination from people, – Alimov emphasized.

It is further noted, that the Russian Greenpeace has not received any reply to official complaints about the background radiation level, which it had sent to Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Rospotrebnadzor and Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Roshydromet on the day of the incident.

But a few days after the explosion, Norway detected radioactive iodine on its border with Russia.

Reportedly, the Norwegian Directorate of Radiation Protection has not yet made conclusions about a possible connection with the explosion, but is “continuing more frequent sampling and analysis.”

Earlier, it was reported that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that after the emergency at the military training ground near Arkhangelsk there were no emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and the radiation background was normal. But soon, the Russian media reported that after the explosion at the Russian Navy training ground near Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region, an increase in the radiation background was recorded.