On the 32nd anniversary of the catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear accident, these articles published by Beyond Nuclear International (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/) from Washington DC are well worth reading.
Get the facts on Chernobyl, 32 years on
What is the real legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster? In the newest Beyond Nuclear newsletter -- Chernobyl: The Facts -- we debunk the propaganda and examine the lasting legacy of death, disease and environmental harm. And we also highlight those who help children and animals still suffering today. Read our article, which lays out facts about the accident's terrible radioactive legacy and how it continues to harm people, animals and the environment. And please feel free to download and distribute our Thunderbird newsletter on Chernobyl. (Photo: Jose Franganillo.)
The damaging legacy of Chernobyl
Even in the wake of the Chernobyl, Ukraine, Three Mile Island, USA, and Fukushima, Japan nuclear power disasters, the governments of these countries and many others refuse to acknowledge the abundant evidence of damaging environmental impacts; increases in leukemia, thyroid and other cancers; and genetic impacts and birth defects among animals and humans. Instead of adjusting their radiation exposure standards, governments push back with scientifically unsupported assumptions and even pseudo-scientific platitudes. For example, the U.S. EPA has pushed for lowering radiation protections in the case of catastrophic releases of radioactivity, even for sensitive women and children. In Japan, the government is attempting to force people back to areas of unsafe contamination; and evacuation is under fire as a way to respond to these catastrophes, despite the protection it offers against latent diseases caused by radiation exposure. Such intransigence begs the question: will individuals be able to take action to protect themselves and others when governments refuse? The proper response to this cynical denial of health impacts is to question whether or not we can allow these nuclear technologies in our midst. The answer is no.