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25 April 2016
Only on AP: Belarus Chernobyl
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* Belarus / Chernobyl / Story #4033102

As his cows graze peacefully in a field just 25 miles from the exploded Chernobyl nuclear reactor, farmer Nikolai Chubenok offers a taste of their fresh milk as a welcoming gesture. That milk looks grim, however, when taken to a laboratory, where it shows 10 times the accepted level for the carcinogenic isotope strontium-90.

Belarus is bringing agriculture back to lands contaminated by Chernobyl fallout but amid the authoritarian government's repression of dissent, there's little awareness that the farms are producing tainted food - some of which is shipped abroad.

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