Chernobyl is the most serious industrial accident in history. More than 30 years later, the residual radioactive contamination is such that it prohibits living in an extended exclusion zone. Today, contamination is dominated by cesium-137, strontium-90 and various isotopes of highly toxic plutonium. Americium-241, the son nucleus of plutonium-241, is also very toxic and its increasing contribution should dominate the radiological impact in the future. The general strategy is to wait for the slow radioactive decay and the rehabilitation of the Chernobyl exclusion zone remains impossible for decades. The only exception is the dismantling of the Chernobyl cooling basin – the most radioactive hotspot.
ACRO 23rd April 2020 read more »