500 times above norm in Odessa region: SBU prevents radiation contamination threat (video)
The SBU detected and eliminated a potential threat of radioactive pollution in Yuzhne town, Odessa region. The emergency situation has been mitigated, there is no threat to lives and health of the residents of the region.
Within the scheduled control and inspection measures, law enforcement officers found that dangerous objects, the source of ionizing radiation, were stored in one of the production premises of a local state-run R&D Centre.
Within the criminal proceedings initiated by Part 1 Article 265 (Unlawful handling of radioactive materials) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine SBU conducted expeditious inspection of the scene.
At one of the hermetically sealed hangars of the Centre, a joint commission of the Security Service, Ministry of Emergency Situations, National Police, State Service of Ukraine on food safety and consumer protection and local authorities detected the equipment with radiation levels exceeding 500 times the established norms.
As experts conclude, the possible transportation of the items outside the storage could have resulted in radioactive contamination of the surrounding area, causing damage to the local population. Considering the proximity of the Centre to the warehouses of agricultural products of Commercial Sea Port, there was a potential threat of spreading radiation to overseas destinations, too.
Now, in compliance with relevant standards, prior to disposal the hazardous equipment has been transferred for safekeeping to a specialized state enterprise. Once at the enterprise, the items were subjected to extra decontamination, to ensure the threat removal.
Investigative actions are ongoing to establish all the circumstances of the case.
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