First in November of 2011, iodine 131 was detected across a wide swath of Europe. The first incident was pinned on an isotope generating reactor in Budapest.
The IAEA declared the incident over and that the offending equipment was identified and would be resolved. The reactor was shut down for repairs.
In January Finland began finding iodine 131 in their testing equipment again. Then other countries hit the first time began finding iodine 131 yet again too. Hungarian authorities have declared that the problem was again the isotope reactor in Budapest causing the leak. Somehow the extracted iodine 131 was leaking out of the plant during the packaging process.
While the levels of iodine 131 were low this shows how lax oversight and monitoring at facilities can be.
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