The Environmental Impact
Western scientists, using data from both Soviet and non-Soviet sources, have estimated the future cancer rates as a result of the disaster. They are on less secure ground when trying to assess the environmental impact of the accident. As the above quotation reveals, some Soviet citizens themselves remain uncertain about the consequences. The situation was complicated by the unevenness of the fallout and the contradictory statements issued by the authorities regarding the need for precautions. This chapter will also examine the question of the water supply in the Chernobyl area, but it should be stated at the outset that no figures on water contamination have been made available.
KeywordsSocial Impact Spring Flood Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Radioactive Fallout Reindeer Herd
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