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The Foreigner Local outcry over Norway radioactive waste emissions decision. Recycling company Norsk Gjenvinning Group has been given permission to release radioactive material directly into the fjord at Mongstad. Local residents and businesses in western Norway’s Hordaland County have protested both underway during consideration and following Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) officials’ ruling. It applies to remains of contaminated equipment from the oil refinery.

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Local outcry over Norway radioactive waste emissions decision

Published on Friday, 5th July, 2013 at 18:22 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 5th July 2013 at 23:32.

Recycling company Norsk Gjenvinning Group has been given permission to release radioactive material directly into the fjord at Mongstad.



Local residents and businesses in western Norway’s Hordaland County have protested both underway during consideration and following Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) officials’ ruling.

It applies to remains of contaminated equipment from the oil refinery.

Lindås municipality Mayor Astrid Aarhus Byrknes told NRK, “I think it's very unfortunate that they received this permission [to proceed], because all municipalities near Bergen have been very clear that we advise against this. Frankly, I must admit this was disappointing.”

These emissions will be roughly 40 metres (some 130 feet) from the shore of Fensfjorden in about 30 metres (almost 98.5 feet) of water, according to the NRPA.

The body argues this measure is necessary for Mongstad, and that the waste water-dilution rate will be 600 times before it reaches land.

Moreover, they have requested that the Norwegian company (NG) monitors the area surrounding the fjord to check for any spread of radioactivity.

This was not included in its original application, according to the broadcaster.

“[Our] calculations show that the radiation doses for both the population and [natural] diversity in Fensfjorden will be extremely low,” reads the NRPA decision.

“The NRPA does not consider, therefore, that these emissions could have any effects of consequence on the environment, whether it applies to the waters, sediments, or animal and plant life in the fjord,” they state.



Published on Friday, 5th July, 2013 at 18:22 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 5th July 2013 at 23:32.

This post has the following tags: norwayradiation, mongstad.





  
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