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Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
South Eastern Europe to Central Asia: political transition and environmental risks
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The graphic maps out the areas that are at risk, or already contaminated from nuclear industry after the break-up of the former Soviet Union. Nuclear power has unresolved problems of waste disposal. Waste remains dangerous for thousands of human generations and can be converted to plutonium, a component of nuclear weapons. The mining of nuclear fuel, containing U-235 and U-238, can pollute groundwater with both heavy metals and traces of radioactive uranium, radium and thorium, and puts uranium miners at increased risk of lung cancer.