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Russia's Nuclear Industry Tries To Dispel Fears Over Mysterious Radioactive Cloud

More than two months after a mysterious radioactive cloud was detected over Europe, Russia's nuclear industry denied that a nuclear reprocessing plant was the source of the plume of ruthenium-106.

More than two months after a mysterious radioactive cloud was detected over Europe, Russia's nuclear industry went public Friday in an attempt to dispel fears that one of its facilities had released a plume of ruthenium-106.

Russia's state nuclear corporation, ROSATOM, released the findings of a special commission, which concluded that the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant, near the border with Kazakhstan, could not have been the source of ruthenium-106, a radioactive isotope.

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