April 26, 1986. Since that day 25 years ago term “peaceful atom” disappeared in the dark radioactive cloud of the burning nuclear reactor No4 of the Chernobyl NPP. It became a milestone in the history of nuclear power .
was the worst nuclear accident
ever seen. Wide-ranging and the most significant technological
catastrophe in the the world occurred in small and resilient
Ukrainian town called “NPP settlement” in the official newspapers
reports. The name Chernobyl became known worldwide.
later, we start to realize what the true impact of a nuclear accident
national commission for radiation protection calculates 500,000
deaths, and our calculation are at least 900 000 deaths from
Chernobyl so far. At least 10 million people have been effected by
the accident in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, hundreds of thousands of
people have still not returned to their homes and agricultural land
is still restricted hundreds of km from the scene of the accident.
total over 3 mln km2
contaminated in the three countries. More than 2,000 villages around
Chernobyl are contaminated by radioactivity.
than 330,000 people are evacuated and relocated. At
least 3 000 000 children require medical treatment.
is not just a historical event from a moment in time 25 years ago It
into our lives new terminology such
It is still having a massive impact. And the number of people who get
sick and die because of the radiation from Chernobyl is still rising.
25 years later, 8 million people still reside in areas that will
remain highly contaminated by Chernobyl radioactive pollution for
many years. Since half-life of the major radioactive element
is a little over 30 years, the radiological and hence health
consequences of this nuclear accident will continue to be experienced
for centuries to come.
researches by the Nuclear Energy Agency shows that, the radioactive
release was about 140 mln Ci
a huge impact on Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, it
also affected other European countries: Austria, Sweden, UK, Island,
Finland, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Hungary,
Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Greece,
where radiation level was above 1Ci/km2
(or 37 kBq/m2)
the limit used to define arias as contaminated.
mortality hundreds of km from the stricken nuclear plant has
increased up to 30% in 25 years, many young people, suffering from
genetic disorders, leukaemia, internal organ deformities, thyroid and
other types of cancers, diseases of respiratory system and blood
vascular system, neurological and psychological disorders. They are
the victims of the world's greatest release of radioactivity.
commemoration comes at a pivotal moment in the future of nuclear
power – as the current generation of nuclear plants is near the end
of their life, we have the opportunity to reassess the human price we
are ready to pay for electricity produced in this way.
25 year later, Ukrainian greens call
the Ukrainian government to stop immediately extension of the
lifespan of nuclear reactors. We consider such activity as illegal
and environmentally harmful. We demand to stop the development of
nuclear industry (building new reactors on Khmelnitsky and Rivnee
NPPs) and nuclear cycle in Ukraine. Last year we blocked the bill
(law in draft) which aimed at the start of construction of the new
nuclear dump. We have a long history fighting against nuclear waste
storages' building. 10 years ago greens convinced the Parliament and
the President to stop exploitation of Chernobyl NPP. 28 years
ago, 3 years before the accident, the Ukrainian greens warned the
government about technical problems on Chernobyl NPP.
greens say, that nuclear power is inherently highly dangerous and
despite claims of improvements in safety, scientists agree that
another catastrophe on the scale of Chernobyl could still happen any
time, anywhere. Serious
nuclear accidents took place before Chernobyl and continue to happen
right up to the present day, like catastrophe at Fukusima NPP. The
new generation of nuclear reactors now promoted by nuclear lobbyists
as being safer than old one.
we, greens, believe that nuclear power was
a terrible mistake!
Chernobyl accident, while having some features in common with other
global catastrophic events is so far unique. We can only hope it
remains so. My generation saw its beginning, but it is unlikely that
the next generation will see its end.
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