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  • Saturday, March 25, 2006

    Half a million Chernobyl deaths

    This piece from today's Guardian looks at the ongoing impact of the Chernobyl disaster, almost 20 years on:

    The new estimates have been collated by researchers commissioned by European parliamentary groups, Greenpeace International and medical foundations in Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Scandinavia and elsewhere. They take into account more than 50 published scientific studies.

    "At least 500,000 people - perhaps more - have already died out of the 2 million people who were officially classed as victims of Chernobyl in Ukraine," said Nikolai Omelyanets, deputy head of the National Commission for Radiation Protection in Ukraine. "[Studies show] that 34,499 people who took part in the clean-up of Chernobyl have died in the years since the catastrophe. The deaths of these people from cancers was nearly three times as high as in the rest of the population.

    "We have found that infant mortality increased 20% to 30% because of chronic exposure to radiation after the accident. All this information has been ignored by the IAEA and WHO. We sent it to them in March last year and again in June. They've not said why they haven't accepted it."

    How about an explanation from those who won't accept these studies?

    See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 4/24/2006 12:06:00 pm, Blogger Eoin Dubsky said...

    Sign the Greenpeace petition online to call on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and IAEA Director-General El Bharadei to stop its promotion of nuclear power
    . It should focus its resources exclusively on its critical mission of disarmament and world peace. You can also add a personal comment opposing nuclear power and we will deliver these to the UN.


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