Russian Forest Fires

Radioactive Ash is no Worry in Sweden

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has responded to worries that the ash from forest fires in Russia could pose health risks if it spreads to Sweden.

The Russian government has warned that the ash from the fires can release dangerous radioactive particles into the atmosphere as the blaze travels through areas polluted by the Chernobyl nuclear plant, after it exploded in the mid-1980s.

But Karin Lindh from the Swedish radiation authority told Swedish Radio news that in previous fires, the levels of harmful substances have been very much lower than the levels during the Chernobyl accident. She said she expects the levels from this current fire to also be very low.

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