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33rd Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster

26th April 2019 is the 33rd anniversary of what is known as the Chernobyl disaster. This was a catastrophic nuclear incident that occurred in the Number 4 nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The location was the town of Pripyat, in Northern Ukraine.

 

This incident is considered the most disastrous nuclear power plant incident in history, both in terms of costs and casualties. According to the World Nuclear Association - two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the incident and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning.

According to a 2006 study by Elisabeth Cardis of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon by the year 2065 the incident in Chernobyl will have caused 16,000 cases of thyroid cancer and 25,000 cases of other cancers.

Research by the European Parliament indicates that the incident caused a major release of nuclear radioactive material into the atmosphere. This research also shows that the incident caused a major release of nuclear radioactive material into the atmosphere. This research also shows that the incident had a major impact on both agricultural and natural ecosystems in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. 

I am sure that the thoughts of Scottish CND members and supporters will be with our fellow human beings who have been affected by the Chernobyl incident as this sad anniversary approaches.

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Arthur West

Chair of Scottish CND