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Russia: a new nuclear accident on the anniversary of the secret Mayak accident 60 years ago?

Counterpunch 24th Nov 2017, Linda Pentz Gunter: September 29 marked the 60th anniversary of the
world’s third most deadly— and least known — nuclear accident. It
took place at the Mayak plutonium production facility, in a closed Soviet
city in the Urals. The huge explosion was kept secret for decades.

Itspread hot particles over an area of more than 20,000 square miles,
exposing a population of at least 270,000 and indefinitely contaminating
land and rivers. Entire villages had to be bulldozed. Residents there have
lived for decades with high rates of radiologically induced illnesses and
birth defects.

Now, evidence is emerging of a potentially new nuclear
accident and indications point once again to Mayak as one of the likely
culprits. Ironically, if there was indeed an accident there, it happened on
or around the precise anniversary of the 1957 disaster. The Research
Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad in the region is another
possible suspect.


November 27, 2017 - Posted by | general

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