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February 3, 2023

Release of radioactive gases in Kozloduy – not a danger for Romania, specialists claim

Bulgarian officials offer assurances that the release of radioactive gases at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant has no effects on Romania.

“It wasn’t an incident, it was an anomaly, more precisely the release of radioactive Xenon within the nuclear plant’s safety area. The radiations were below the maximum levels allowed, there is no danger. No official announcements are made in these situations,” Vajda Borbala, President of the National Commission for the Control of Nuclear Activities (CNCAN), stated for Realitatea.net.

The radiation readings taken in Romania 24 hours after the release of radioactive gases in Kozloduy confirm the information. “Wednesday’s readings did not show radiation hikes around Bucharest,” Dr. Nicolae Zamfir, director of the National Atomic Institute, stated. Personnel from the Kozloduy nuclear power plant’s reactor number 5 was evacuated on Tuesday after a spike in radiation was discovered, the nuclear power plant’s leadership announced on Wednesday evening, Sofia News Agency informs. The evacuation took place on Tuesday around 10.45 AM Romanian time and lasted until 6 PM when things returned to normal.

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