Because of the retirement of László Koblinger former Deputy Director General of HAEA Kristóf Horváth has been appointed from 1 August 2012 to Deputy Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority as Head of the General Nuclear Directorate. Kristóf Horváth has been working for the HAEA in different responsible positions since 1997. He graduated as engineer-physicist at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and received his PhD in 2006 in military technical sciences. He is taking part in the acitivity of the European Safeguards Research and Development Association as president and in the activity of the Euratom Supply Agency as member of its Advisory Committee.
17 November 2011 | The IAEA has received information from the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) that the source of the iodine-131 (I-131) detected in Europe was most probably a release to the atmosphere from the Institute of Isotopes Ltd., Budapest. The Institute of Isotopes Ltd. produces radioisotopes for healthcare, research and industrial applications. According to the HAEA, the release occurred from September 8 to November 16, 2011. The cause of the release is under investigation. As previously mentioned, the levels of I-131 that have been detected in Europe are extremely low. There is no health concern to the population. If any member of the public were to breathe iodine for a whole year at the levels measured in European countries, then they would receive a dose in the range of 0.01 microsieverts for the year. To put this into perspective, the average annual background is 2400 microsieverts per year. The IAEA was first notified of the presence of trace levels of I-131 by authorities from the Czech Republic on 11 November. Since this notification, the IAEA contacted several member states throughout the region to determine the cause and origin. The IAEA also worked with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to conduct air dispersion modelling, as part of efforts to determine the source. www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/prn201127.html