Via The Local.no: Radioactive leak reported at Norway facility. Excerpt:
Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) said on Tuesday that its Halden facility emitted a small amount of radioactive iodine (Iodine-131) on Monday.
The radioactive leak was due to a technical failure that occurred during the treatment of fuel in the facility’s reactor hall at 1.45pm.
Those who were in the reactor hall during the incident were evacuated when an alarm sounded. Workers have since been back in the hall in an attempt to identify the cause and extent of the radioactive discharge.
The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) was notified of the incident by IFE on Tuesday morning.
“Our focus now is that IFE gets the leak stopped,” NRPA director Per Strand said in a press release.
“We are in continuous contact with IFE. We will start a new supervisory review of this incident to discover how this happened and why we were not notified until the day after,” he added.
According to the information NRPA has received so far, the leak is not expected to have an impact on the health of plant workers or on the outside environment.