One of the most disastrous nuclear accidents in history happened in 1986 in the USSR on the territory of modern Ukraine. Records show 31 directly-caused deaths; it is difficult to assess how many lives were affected indirectly.
Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a one gigawatt solar photovoltaic plant in the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, reviving the site after the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.
A key lesson to be learned to prevent another Chernobyl or Fukushima disasters is that serious attention should be paid to safety culture – at plant, utility and government levels, said USC Dr. Najmedin Meshkati.
Ukraine’s state nuclear energy giant says all employees of the country’s nuclear plants will stage a massive protest over its frozen assets in Kiev on Tuesday, as the world will be marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Ukrainian firefighters have said flames in the forests around Chernobyl’s exclusion zone have been put out and there is no radiation threat. However, locals recall the 1986 catastrophe and fear that just as then officials are concealing the truth.
Radioactive nuclides absorbed by the plants around Chernobyl from the contaminated soil can easily be released into the air and will have a cumulative negative effect on the health of those who breathe particles in, warns Chernobyl expert Rudy Mancke.