(ORDO NEWS) — Those crops that are grown near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant are still dangerous due to too high levels of radiation. A new study by specialists suggests that crops contain radioactive isotopes such as strontium 90 and cesium 137.
At the same time, the amount of elements is too large and can cause irreparable harm to health.
David Santillo said that radiation continues to affect human health. At the same time, due to the lack of constant monitoring of the radiation level, the situation is further aggravated. Experts analyzed crop samples collected from 2011 to 2019.
At 48%, the radiation level was much higher than the permissible norm. We also studied wood near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Too much strontium 90 was found in it. Scientists have suggested that due to the fact that radiation is still stored in wood, and local residents use ash as fertilizer, high levels of radiation are also observed in crops.
At the same time, computer simulations have shown that if the radioactive ash is properly disposed of and re-infection is stopped, it will be possible to grow crops in this area at a completely “safe” level of radiation.
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