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Radioactive Cloud Drifts Past Legal Repercussions

By: Lauren Toole In late September, a small, atmospheric monitoring station in Denmark detected something unusual: a radioactive isotope known as ruthenium-106.[i] The isotope was not just present in Denmark—it showed up across Europe, from Cyprus to Spain.[ii] Why the fuss? Ruthenium-106, an isotope that is created solely in nuclear reactors, usually only appears when “something goes terribly wrong.”[iii] Within…