Radioactive Iodine Accidentally Released at Norwegian Research Reactor

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) today announced that radioactive iodine I-131 and I-132 was accidentally released during handling of fuel in the reactor hall at Norway’s Halden Reactor

The accident occurred on Monday at 1:45 pm local time, and led to an emission of radioactive iodine into the environment, though the release constituted only 5 to 8 percent of the annual emission of such isotopes permitted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority. 

IFE reports that the reactor’s protection system functioned as designed, reducing emissions considerably.

The local municipality of Halden has been informed of the accident.

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