As far as I could tell from the advertising at the hotel where I stayed in Kiev last year, Ukraine’s chief export these days is brides. But it wasn’t always that way. Twenty-five years ago this month, Ukraine’s best-known export was a whole lot of radiation.
After Reactor No. 4 blew up at Chernobyl power station on April 26, 1986, the resulting disaster took two years and 650,000 people to clean up. Except it will never really be cleaned up. Nuclear fallout and waste can be moved and sequestered, but not deactivated. Even today the meltdown at Chernobyl leaks radiation through cracks in the vast “sarcophagus” of steel and concrete that was intended to seal it.… Seguir leyendo »