Radioactive acid stored illegally in Akershus

Institute for energy technology in HaldenInstitute for energy technology in Halden.Photo: Thomas Andersen / NTB scanpix

The Institute for Energy Technology store liquid radioactive waste in Himdalen in Akershus in violation of regulations. Statens strålevern (NRPA) are considering contacting the police.

Inside the caverns in Himdalen in Aurskog-Holand, there is stored both low and intermediate level radioactive waste, which will remain active for at least 300 years.

Also stored are eight barrels of radioactive acid, for which the plant is not built, reported NRK news.

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority believes that this is in contravention of the rules and is a breach of the permit to the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE).

‘Now we have to look at the cause, and what the consequences of the deposit will be for the landfill in the longer term’, said technical director Kristin Elise Frogg of NRPA to NRK.

CEO Nils Morten Huseby at the Institute for Energy Technology confirmed that liquid radioactive waste from drug production is stored in violation of the permit.

He says they were made aware of this in 2015.

‘We have very different controls today. This is going back in time, when it was brand new waste that came from the medicine production being done by us’, said Huseby.

He denies that there is any risk of leakage from the barrels of radioactive acid.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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