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Chernobyl: 26 years on

Scott Ludlam 14 Aug 2015

Chernobyl was the first, and until Fukushima, only major nuclear accident to reach Level 7 on the 7-point International Nuclear Events scale (INES).

Despite efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency to play down the disaster as a one-off resulting from poor work practices in the former Soviet Union, the world today is contemplating the ruins of a second reactor complex on Japan's Pacific Coast.

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Australia must not fuel the next Chernobyl

Scott Ludlam 26 Apr 2013

On the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, and with the sarcophagus around the ruined reactor falling apart, the Greens have thrown a spotlight on the declining uranium trade.

"The global economic crisis is delaying efforts to deal with the ongoing disaster of the ruined Chernobyl power plant. The sarcophagus built over the reactor has been crumbling for years. The neighbouring town of Pripyat remains abandoned and the surrounding areas uninhabitable due to persistent deadly levels of radiation almost three decades on.

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On the 26th anniversary of Chernobyl, Greens call on whistleblowers to break the silence

Scott Ludlam 26 Apr 2012

The Australian Greens will mark the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe by calling on whistleblowers to lift the lid on Australia's own nuclear industry.

Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said the impact of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986 continued to be felt to this day. Senator Ludlam today released a research paper on the situation at Chernobyl today and its ongoing costs:

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