Rosatom denies link between $507k state contract for cleaning Urals plant and Ruthenium-106 leak

Rosatom denies link between $507k state contract for cleaning Urals plant and Ruthenium-106 leak

Environmentalists suspect that the plant management conceals information about the incident.

Rosatom has officially commented on the tender for cleaning the territory of Mayak Production Association in Ozersk, saying that the need for this arose because of the Kyshtym accident that had occurred back in the USSR. The plant refutes the information about recent leak of Ruthenium-106.

Information on the tender for cleaning of 30 thousand square meters of the plant territory was posted on the state purchases website on Saturday, December 9. Journalists and environmentalists suggest that the 30 million rubles ($507 thousand) specified in the contract will be spent on the liquidation of consequences of the recent accident, the information about which, however, has been refuted.

To recall, the information about Ruthenium-106 leak appeared in media several weeks ago. Ecologists and European experts assumed that the incident occurred somewhere in the Urals. After that, Roshydromet reported on the detection of significant concentrations of Ruthenium-106 in the South Urals near the Mayak Production Association.

Mayak plant, town of Ozyorsk, Russia

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