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Germany still paying for Chernobyl fallout

DDP/The Local · 29 Jul 2010, 09:15

Published: 29 Jul 2010 09:15 GMT+02:00

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Berlin has paid out some €238 million since the power plant disaster on April 26, 1986, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported.

Citing answers to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green party, the paper said that just last year hunters had been paid some €424,650 in damages for game found to have high levels of radiation exposure. These payments are increasing, too, up from €104,000 in 2007 and just 10,000 Deutsche Marks in 1998, the paper said.

The Environment Ministry said in the report that the number of tests for contamination by the reactive element Caesium in wild game had risen steadily in recent years. In Germany it is forbidden to sell food with more than 600 Becquerels of Caesium per kilogramme.

The most damage from the accident in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic remains in southern Germany, the ministry said. There, wild mushrooms and wild game continue to register higher levels of radioactive substances than in products produced agriculturally.

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The Chernobyl accident resulted in the deaths of some 50 people, but the World Health Organisation estimates that an additional 4,000 people may have developed cancer due to radioactive exposure.

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17:59 July 29, 2010 by danamcmahon
American Blogger Writes.

Will the fallout of Chernobyl ever end.

The seventeen mile long particle collider in Europe has a interesting side to it, if you like science fiction A+A+A equals just that, but with things going on, there is a sneaky side to particle physics.

The volcano eruption in Europe that caused many of the European airports to shut down, dirt and stone particles all about Europe. Lovefest madness, BP business and critics, some or all are speculation, but for sure science and nature must be studied closly and the rogues among you sent away. Chernobyl happened and may have been prevented.
14:16 July 30, 2010 by mikekoi
It was a trajic and costly event. What I remember is the heroism and sacrifice of the workers in exposing themselves to lethal radiation levels prevented it from being even worse. Also if the energy during Chernobyl's productive lifetime had been produced by fossil fuel, how many lives would have been lost due to lung desease from air pollution.
22:52 July 30, 2010 by Kennneth Ingle
Of course Germany pays, they always do. Ger-money is welcolmed everywhere.
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