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Chernobyl region to be put back under the plow for EU biodiesel mandate

RIA NOVOSTI | November 12, 2010

Ukrainian officials are studying the possibility of growing crops in the 30-km zone of radioactive pollution near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, a popular Russian daily said on Friday.

A number of Ukrainian services and departments are conducting numerous studies to establish “areas that could be used for agriculture, some partially and some in full,” Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted acting head of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry Mykhailo Bolotskykh, as saying.

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 resulted in highly radioactive fallout in the atmosphere over an extensive area. A 30-kilometer (19-mile) exclusion zone was introduced following the accident.

Vast areas, mainly in the three then-Soviet republics of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, were contaminated by the fallout from the major nuclear meltdown. Some 200,000 people were relocated after the accident.

The agriculture revival plan, initiated by the European Union, proposes cultivating rapeseed, also known as canola oil and widely seen as the most popular primary product to produce biodiesel, in the contaminated area. Similar plans have earlier been voiced by Belarus, another country severely affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

“This crop has great potential, with the European Union, the U.A.E., Turkey and Pakistan expressing their readiness to buy it from Ukraine. This is really profitable,” a source close to the Ukrainian government told the newspaper.

Ukraine is currently among Europe’s largest rapeseed producers.

“The problem is that rapeseed depletes the soil. It may be grown only as part of a five-year crop rotation cycle. Or, it may be grown on lands which have no agricultural importance,” he said.

The government did not comment on the information.

The paper quotes an expert as saying that scientists have developed mechanisms of rehabilitating nuclear-polluted soil, which include growing certain crops and combining various types of fertilizers.

“Experiments show that… areas where rehabilitation measures were conducted can produce crops with almost normal radionuclide levels, hundreds of times lower than those where such measures were not taken,” the unnamed scientist told Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

But many experts say that any attempt to cultivate crops in Chernobyl is “simply a crime,” saying that many dangerous isotopes buried in soil could be released back into the air and water when the polluted soil is ploughed.

“It is simply a crime – increasing air and water pollution by turning over polluted soil,” a former official with the country’s radiation and ecology watchdog said.

The plan is expected to be officially announced in March 2011, shortly before the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

November 13, 2010 - Posted by | Environmentalism, Nuclear Power, Science and Pseudo-Science

2 Comments

  1. but according to renowned, globally recognized and revered nook yoo lur expert, Ann Coulter, we need to all drink Ukrainian ORANGE JUICE made from Chernobyl and Fukushima radioactive isotope filled dirt.

    and actually, per Faux Noize channel, hell, Sanjay Goompah, their health expert, says that we should all go find plutonium wherever we can locate it and snort it like cocaine.

    yepper!! suck it up!!

    as Chevy Chase said in that one movie, after the radioactive sludge covered his vehicle; “I LIKE IT!!!”

    and so shall you all!! just LIKE IT!!!! :)

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    Comment by JUST LIKE IT IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!!! | June 7, 2011

  2. one question for those nook yoo lur experts (spurts that are now exes) that decided that biodiesel derived from soil that is saturated with high levels of radioactive isotopes, also won’t be full of those constituent isotopes that the plants would naturally absorb?

    and then, get this, we BURN the shit?

    and then what? the smoke stays contained in yellow decon baggies and doesn’t go into the upper atmosphere with the rest of the D.U. particles from the U.S. and British incessant use of these weapons full of radioactive death?

    jesus fucking christ how dense can people be!

    this idea is absurd on it’s face, let alone once you look at the insanity of disturbing the radioactive soil in any way, making it airborne so it can propagate to a wider region than it already has poisoned.

    these folks who came up with this shit are on crack! chernobyl crack!

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    Comment by and | June 7, 2011


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