Accidental release of radioactivity from the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, Norway

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Published 25.10.2016, updated 25.10.2016 13:00

Keywords: Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Nuclear safety, Preparedness

IFE Halden experienced an accidental release of radioactive iodine on Monday 24 October at 13.45 local time.

The leak of radioactivity was due to a technical failure when handling nuclear fuel inside the reactor hall. The amount of radioactivity is regarded as small.

People who were in the reactor hall evacuated when the alarm went off. IFE employees have since re-entered the reactor hall to identify the cause and extent of the leak. The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) was notified of the incident by IFE this morning, Tuesday, 25 October. 

– Our focus now is that IFE manage to stop the leak, says Director Per Strand at NRPA.
– We are in continuous contact with IFE. We will start a new inspection round relating to this incident to uncover how this could happen and why we were not notified until the day after.

According to the information NRPA has received so far, this discharge will not have any consequences for health or the environment outside the plant.