Radiation Contamination

Over the years, views and concerns on environmental radioactive pollution and its impact on health have been widely expressed in the media, by the public and other interested groups. The accusation exists that the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents best demonstrate the belief that nuclear power plants embody the potential, even if low in probability, that a disastrously lethal event will cause thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, to die.

The World Nuclear Association released a video one year after the Fukushima accident on the scientifically analysed consequences of radiation impacts from a nuclear accident. Findings show that the impact on public health due to radiation from the two nuclear accidents differs drastically from public perception.

“Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality”
– video produced by the World Nuclear Association

Radioactive materials still continue polluting our ocean, atmosphere, and ground... A lot of people who live in the polluted area in Fukushima and neighbouring area are exposed to high radiation dosages every day without sufficient measures taken for their protection.
“Since the accident, hypothetical estimates of future casualties due to the accident have been made. They oscillated between some tens of cases in the peer reviewed literature to half a million in reports by the media. These alarmist and unfounded theoretical calculations have caused severe emotional distress in the Japanese population.” by International Commission on Radiological Protection (read more)

Pripyat, a city 3KM from Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, was completely evacuated the day after the accident in 1986.
Photo: Petr Pavlicek/ IAEA

Slavutich, 50KM from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, was built as a new and modern city after the power plant accident.
Photo: Petr Pavlicek / IAEA