Today is the anniversary of Chernobyl – that disaster continues while pronuclear voices and our government call for ever more dangerous nuclear plants.
Today is the anniversary of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine, what was then part of the Soviet Union. The Chernobyl disaster continues to this day with forest fires raging near to the plant through contaminated forests, resuspending radiation. It is thought that the understory of the forests around Chernobyl are not decaying properly. It stands to reason that the dry and undecayed understory would make the area a tinderbox as well as denying the natural cycle of enrichment to the forest soil and ecosystem.
Incredibly, apart from the widely watched and pretty accurate mini series there has been no blanket coverage of the ongoing disaster. There has been largely ‘feel good’ newstories of disaster tourism to the site and the superficial ‘its a wildlife sanctuary’ narrative which belies the shortened lifespans and damaged DNA of both humans and their fellow creatures.
The nuclear industry insists that it is a “clean, green” energy and is even gleefully calling itself “Green Energy” . Today, on the anniversary of Chernobyl the independent news outlet The Ferret tells us what we have known for some time – namely that Westminster wants to “Let Them Burn Plutonium.”