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HELSINKI (AP) – The Nordic authorities say they have detected slightly increased radioactivity in Northern Europe this month, which Dutch officials said could have come from a source in Western Russia and “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant “.

But Russian news agency TASS, referring to a spokesperson for the state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom., Reported that the two nuclear power plans in northwestern Russia have not reported any problems.

The Leningrad factory near St. Petersburg and the Kola factory near the northern city of Murmansk, “operate normally, with radiation levels within the standard,” said Tass.

The Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said this week that they have seen small amounts of radioactive isotopes that are harmless to humans and the environment in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said on Tuesday that “it is not now possible to confirm what may be the source of the increased levels of radioactivity” or where a cloud or clouds of radioactive isotopes allegedly blowing across the skies of the north is Europe even the Finnish and Norwegian counterparts have not speculated about a possible source.

But the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands said on Friday that it has analyzed the Scandinavian data and “these calculations show that the radionuclides (radioactive isotopes) come from the direction of Western Russia.”

“The radionuclides are artificial, that is, they are man-made. The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a nuclear fuel element in a nuclear power plant, “said the Dutch agency, adding that” a specific source location cannot be identified due to the limited number of measurements. “

Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization tweeted on Friday that the organization’s radiation monitoring sensors in Sweden have detected a slight increase in several harmless isotopes in northwestern European airspace.

The unnamed Rosatomenergo spokesperson told TASS on Saturday that the radiation levels in the Leningrad and Kola power plants and their environs “remained unchanged in June and no changes are currently being observed.”

Both stations operate under a normal regime. There are no complaints about the work of the equipment, “Tass quoted him.” No incidents have been reported regarding the release of radionuclide outside of the containment structures. ”

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