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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Chernobyl

Interesting article on CNN, Chernobyl toll 'less than feared'.
Fewer than 50 deaths have been directly attributed to radiation released in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, and the final toll could be thousands fewer than originally feared, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Monday.
Although I thought it was fairly common knowledge I haven't seen this sort of article from a large source before.
Among other findings was that poverty, "lifestyle diseases" such as heart disease and mental health problems "pose a far greater threat to local communities than does radiation exposure," the statement said.
Although the building could use some work it seems
The report also warned that the enclosure built around the damaged reactor was deteriorating, "posing a risk of collapse and the release of radioactive dust."

Posted by Chefen | 9/07/2005 07:41:00 am