Atomic Threat to Belarus
(Inscription on the sign - Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant)
April 26, 2018, was the anniversary of a major catastrophe. The consequences of it are so strong that they will poison the Belarusian and Ukrainian lands for a long time. 32 years have passed since the day of the largest technogenic disaster, which affected almost the whole world. I'm talking about an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
On April 26, 1986, the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located near the city of Pripyat, was destroyed. The consequences were catastrophic. The total release of radioactive materials amounted to 50 million curies. This is equivalent to the 500 atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima. At the same time, 90% of the nuclear fuel after the destruction was in the earth's atmosphere.
The radioactive cloud that formed after the accident reached the east coast of the US while covering most of Europe. On April 27 at the Swedish nuclear power plant, located 1100 kilometers from Chernobyl, the world's first alarm signal was transmitted. The Swedes discovered radioactive materials on the clothes of their employees.
Unfortunately, the locals were not warned. Only 36 hours after the accident, they were evacuated. It was one of the most large-scale evacuations, conducted in a time of peace. The total number of evacuated residents was 200 000 people. More than 70 cities and villages were included in the mandatory resettlement list. They ceased to be suitable for habitation.
Almost 8.4 million people in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine were exposed to radiation. For all time in the elimination of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, 600,000 people took part. Many people were infected with radiation sickness, as a result of working to eliminate the disaster. In other cases, mutations were observed that were passed on to generations.
Of all countries, the largest amount of radioactive substances in the amount of 70% was in Belarus. For this reason, a huge amount of fertile land was contaminated. Belarus incurred losses of $ 200,000,000,000. Until now, many Belarusian lands have a high level of radiation.
In our time, visiting a closed ghost town of Pripyat has become popular for adventurers. There are excursions that are conducted illegally. People are interested in visiting the ghost town of the times of the Soviet Union. But you can not stay there long. There is a possibility of receiving radioactive contamination. This does not stop the desperate adventurers.
Belarusian nuclear power plant - terrible nightmare of Lithuanians
After such a sad introduction, I want to tell you about the largest construction project in Belarus. This is a Belarusian nuclear power plant. Its construction takes place in the town of Ostrovets, Grodno region. Construction takes place in close proximity to the border shared with Lithuania. Politicians and the public of Lithuania opposes the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. They are afraid of the repetition of the Chernobyl tragedy near its own border.
Lithuania is attempting to create an international coalition to unite efforts against the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The Lithuanian government officially announced that the Belarusian nuclear power plant is unsafe and poses a threat to the national security of Lithuania, as well as for the protection of the environment and public health. In addition, Lithuania intends to build sirens next to its border. These sirens will notify the population if an emergency happens at the nuclear power plant. Lithuania also plans to purchase protection from radioactive contamination.
Does Lithuania have reasons for unrest? Of course. Numerous facts speak of this. The Belarusian authorities are trying to hide any negative information. But thanks to the work of independent journalists, we see a real picture of what is happening.
Nuclear Power Plant - Made in Belarus
I'll ask a simple question. Which country sponsors the construction of the Belarusian NPP? - Of course, this is Russia. The official loan amount for the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was $ 10 billion. But the real value is constantly growing. Now it is more than 11 billion dollars. Agree, this is not a small sum for poor Belarus.
During the construction of the nuclear power plant, many dangerous incidents were identified. One of the most serious emergencies occurred on July 10, 2016. During the nuclear reactor installation, for unknown reasons, it fell to the ground. The fall occurred from a height of about 3 meters. Its weight was 330 tons. None of the people were harmed. After falling to the ground, the nuclear reactor got seriously damaged. According to experts, the fall of a nuclear reactor, even from a height of 10 times less, would lead to its deformation. That is, now it carries a great danger.
The authorities did not give any statements and denied this fact. Thanks to the efforts of journalists, the public learned about this. In addition, the construction of this station is constantly changing workers. Many are dismissed because of bad and dangerous working conditions. Workers are forced to work 12 hours a day. But the main factor of dismissal is small salaries.
Work on such dangerous construction poses a threat to health. Dangerous situations occur there regularly. I can give many examples of this. But for this I would have to make a separate message. Therefore, we focus attention (on one more) on the latest incident, which received a wide public response.
On April 26, 2018 (on the anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy), the Belarusian Ambassador to Lithuania received a "note" (note - the official appeal of one country to another).
Lithuania demanded from Belarus to provide information about the fire. It occurred at the start of the reactor emergency protection system. What do you think, what did the leadership of the Atomic Station answer? They denied the fact of a fire.
Obviously, that "someone" is lying to hide their own incompetence. But this is not the main thing. The main thing is that the "innovative" alarm system failed (during its testing). This is an excuse for worrying about the quality of construction.
Is it worth the risk?
"Chernobyl Way" is an annual social movement dedicated to the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. In Belarus, this movement has been conducted since 1996 and is considered illegal. But this does not stop the participants gathering annually. Thus, they honor the memory of the dead and injured in this terrible technogenic catastrophe.
Source Photo from archive 1996
In the near future, the organizers of the public action "Chernobyl Way" promise to create a new movement called "Ostrovets Road". The main goal of the new movement is to tell people about the dangers of a nuclear power plant under construction. According to polls, 40% of Belarusians consider the construction of a nuclear power plant risky. Nine % of Belarusians do not see this as an economic benefit for their country.
But Lukashenko continues to adhere to his principles. He is traditionally not interested in the opinion of the Belarusian people. The nuclear power plant is another project of Lukashenko, to which he has borrowed from Russia a huge amount of money. All its projects are financed by loans from other countries. He does not care that such decisions worsen the state of the dying Belarusian economy.
Source. The inscription reads - The path may be different!
Now that you know more, it is time to answer a simple rhetorical question: Do Belarusians need an atomic power station in debt?
Authored by Belarus Insider
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