Commercial airliners have transported radioactive material out of Norway from Oslo Gardermoen Airport without on board passengers’ knowledge, reports say.
Helge Valdseth from the Institute for Energy Technology at Halden, one of Norway’s two nuclear reactor sites for research purposes, confirmed to Klassekampen that the plutonium had been transported by air.
“It doesn’t happen often, the last transit was in 2011, and it took place about once every two years before that,” he stated, not wanting to say which airline was used.
Sverre Hornkjøl from Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) does not believe that transporting plutonium by air is more risky than sending it by car.
“The radioactive material is well-packed, so the risk of something happening is small. Small,” he claimed, stating that the packaging used is the same, regardless of whether the material is transported by car or plane.
Helge Valdseth said, “All shipments are made in accordance with the regulations, which allow the use of passenger aircraft.”
No more than 15 grams of fissile material can be carried by air at any one time, legislation stipulates.