Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Environmental groups complain that there are still victims of Chernobyl

Madrid .- Several environmental organizations will remember this Tuesday the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl (Ukraine) when they reach 25 years of success at present still "remains unresolved, not least because the necessary funding, estimated at about 2,000 million euros to build a new sarcophagus, still no go, because no radioactivity has been contained and that the accident in Fukushima (Japan) refreshes the "risk" of nuclear energy.

So, told Europa Press the nuclear campaigner for Ecologists in Action, Paco Castejon, has highlighted two areas which it considers "major", such as Chernobyl donor meeting held this week in Kiev and the anniversary in Under the new nuclear plant accident in Fukushima Daiichi-level pre-qualified to VII of the International Nuclear Event Scale, the same plant in Ukraine, and what happened as a result of 'tsunami' that followed the earthquake of 9 magnitude on March 11 in Japan.

In this context, explained that the international community continues to "difficulties in obtaining sufficient funding to solve the problem" and added that the sarcophagus built to contain the radioactivity coming from the plant has a gap of 200 square meters per the contaminated water that seeps into the ground just.

"There is no donor at this time of crisis. It takes nearly 2,000 million euros and 10 years know what to do, "he criticized. In addition, recalled that when the tragedy happened at Chernobyl was said that would not happen again," but has been that "despite the exceptions and differences" as the primary containment, redundant systems or vent, "the reality continues to surprise with a fact unlikely, but that has happened." He believed Fukushima will extract new lessons about security but the lesson "fundamental" is "probably happen again similar events will once again trouble because nuclear power is unsafe.

For this reason, stressed that the position of Ecologists in Action is phasing out nuclear power plants worldwide, although schedules vary by country. In this sense, commented that "it is the same" close the nuclear plants in Spain, where they contribute 20 percent of power to electrical system in France (75 percent) than in Switzerland (40 percent).

"We must get to work on changing the energy model in time," she added. He highlighted the problems existing in the vicinity of Chernobyl is that there is a radius of 30 miles uninhabitable, with contamination in the soil and almost half of the land in Belarus is contaminated with plutonium as the population eats fresh food, which causes effects and increases the risks to health and the environment.

Also added that Ukraine as a country we Chernobyl is a "permanent ballast at the health, economic and psychological" because, by itself can not ensure security and prevent further losing radioactivity. The radiation continues Meanwhile, Greenpeace nuclear spokesman, Carlos Bravo, has warned that the effects of Chernobyl as well Fukushima, will continue noting the long run because the impact on health and the environment is still evident.

He has also criticized the Ukrainian government ceases to perform two years ago, analysis of food, in an area where they live about 7 million people, while also pointed out that tests performed by Greenpeace International have detected that cesium-137 contamination is widespread, especially the milk, fruits, vegetables and wood fences.

Some of these foods in some stocks are between 6.3 and 13.6 times the permitted levels. As the number of people affected, Bravo says that numerous scientific studies of several EU countries, Russia and former Soviet republics put the casualties at between 200,000 and 273,000 people and predicted a figure of about 93,000 fatal cancers, as underlined in the Chernobyl area live closer to 600,000 to 700,000.

25 years ago were evacuated a total of 350,000 people of whom some 100,000 have returned, particularly the elderly who live with a "high" level of contamination. In relation to the coincidence of the crash event Fukushima, has warned that both then and now radiation are distributed unevenly and that some areas are heavily contaminated by cesium, plutonium and other other iodine or other contaminants.

"There are areas outside the exclusion zone have more radioactivity in Chernobyl areas because 30 miles is a purely administrative boundary," he reflected. On the economic costs of the effects of the 1986 accident, the spokesman for Greenpeace estimates that, according to various studies, could range between 200,000 and 420,000 (according to a report of the former USSR) million dollars.

In it, he explained that during the early years came to Belarus to 40 percent of its GDP and that in this case, Spain has committed yesterday in the meeting in Kiev with 5.7 million euros, "much less than any military initiative disguised as humanitarian action "while continuing the risk of contamination.

Although the reactors and the Chernobyl and Fukushima precursors are different, Bravo considers the situation and the severity of the effects "similar" and concluded that "thing" is that "any" nuclear reactor is likely to cause an output radioactivity causing mass casualties in the short, medium and long term.

To commemorate the anniversary, has indicated that Castejón Ecologists in Action held on Tuesday, a day in the library of the Complutense University of Madrid in which nuclear energy will be discussed, risks, alternatives and where to submit their energy bill for 2020 with a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and doing without nuclear energy.

For its part, Equo Project plans to hold two panel discussions which will reflect on that for 25 years have been saying it was "impossible" a similar accident and now has one of the same level in Japan. "We've gone from Chernobyl Fukushima is to recognize that this disaster could exceed that of central Ukraine, expressed the organization.

The debate will be held in Lit House on Tuesday, April 26, where he will discuss the status and prospects of nuclear energy. In the first of these roundtables intervene Equo Foundation director, Juan Lopez de Uralde, the coordinator of the Energy Report FAES Foundation (linked to PP), Fernando Navarro, and the head of the Economy and Sustainability of the Ideas Foundation (linked PSOE), Gustavo Nombela.

In the second panel will address if possible a future without nuclear intervene this time spokesman of Greenpeace nuclear campaign, Carlos Bravo, the representative and founding member of Equo Foundation, Alejandro Sanchez, and Sergio de Otto, the Renewable Foundation. Also Greenpeace and the Center for Participation and Integration of Immigrants (CEPI) Hispano-Ukraine held an event in which participate Segiy Umanets, who participated in the work of containment of radioactive leakage after the explosion of the reactor and the headquarters of CEPI expose the photographic exhibition "Children of Chernobyl."

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