Monday, 28 February 2011

Chernobyl, 25 years on

Britain is coming under increasing pressure to provide Ukraine with an extra €50m (£43m) to construct a new contamination shield over the top of the stricken Chernobyl nuclear plant before the old one collapses.

Details here.

When the world's worst nuclear accident happened, back in 1986, I was living in Germany. Signs had to be posted around our town warning kids not to play in sandpits or go on any grass in case they fell and got some in their mouth. It was a terrifying time.

And here's something I only vaguely knew: restrictions are still in place in Scotland for some farmers. "The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed yesterday that the last time the government updated the public on the restrictions was in 2009 when the then health minister Dawn Primarolo revealed 369 farms and 190,000 sheep were still affected. Of those farms, 355 are in north Wales, with nine in Cumbria and seven in Scotland. Farmers in these areas must have their livestock scanned before they are able to move them."

Food for thought.

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