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Why Is an American Nuclear 'Sniffer' Plane in Europe?

The Atlas Obscura
February 23, 2017
By Erik Shilling

A week and a half ago, the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), a French agency tasked with investigating nuclear threats, issued a cryptic press release on its website. A spike in iodine-131, an isotope that is a product of nuclear fission (like, for instance, after the explosion of a nuclear bomb), had been detected across Europe, IRSN said.
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