Ukraine Marks 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl, World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster


April 26, 2016 Headlines

And Ukraine is holding commemorations today to mark the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history. The meltdown at the Chernobyl plant sent a cloud of radioactive fallout into Russia, Belarus and over a large portion of Europe. A vast rural region became uninhabitable, including the town of Pripyat, which remains abandoned. Lyudmila Kamkina, a former Chernobyl employee, spoke at a memorial ceremony in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Lyudmila Kamkina: “We did not think that this accident would change all our lives and our lives would be divided into ‘before the war’ and ‘after the war,’ as we called it. It was silent nuclear war for us, for those who lived there in Pripyat and who worked at the station.”

We’ll have more on Chernobyl later in the broadcast.


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 26, 2016
http://democracynow.org – We are on the road in New Mexico, home to Los Alamos and the birthplace of the nuclear age. The atomic bombs used in World War II were designed and developed here, and it remains one of two places that design every nuclear weapon in the United States arsenal. This comes as today marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the former Soviet state of Ukraine, which is still considered the worst nuclear disaster in history. It sent a cloud of radioactive fallout into Russia, Belarus and over a large portion of Europe. Fifty thousand people living in Chernobyl’s immediate surroundings had to be evacuated, and a vast rural region became uninhabitable. The legacy of Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident, which occurred five years ago last month in Japan, particularly resonates with residents here in the Southwest and in the Western United States. The other facility is in Livermore Lab in California, and we recently spoke with Marylia Kelley, a Livermore resident and the executive director of Tri-Valley CAREs, or Communities Against a Radioactive Environment, a partner organization with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. The group just put out a new report called “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks.”

See also:

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Nuclear

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