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Ukraine , Russia Hostilities Endanger Chernobyl Cleanup

A $2.1 billion construction project to cap the still-leaking Chernobyl nuclear power plant could be delayed for another two years because of escalating hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.The Chernobyl plant sits just north of Kiev, Ukraine, about a two-hour drive away. It melted down in April 1986, and spread deadly radiation that caused multiple deaths and catastrophic long-term illnesses, including deformities in newborn children. It was the worst nuclear accident the planet has ever seen and an estimated seven million adults and children in the region were affected. The 28th anniversary of the meltdown is this Saturday. Chernobyl was part of the Soviet Union in 1986.The plan was to put the cap on the Chernobyl plant by the end of 2015, a containment shield estimated to last for the next 100 years. But due to the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, that plan could be delayed until 2017, putting the local population at risk of severe illnesses and birth defects.  The European ...

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