Yablokov: separation of radionuclides may be several hundred kilometers

In the Bryansk region fires occurred in forests contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

This information was confirmed today in the "Roslesozaschite." From mid-June were recorded fire areas and other areas contaminated with radionuclides in Kaluga, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Tula, Orel and Penza regions. Earlier, the authorities denied the reports environmentalists.

Russian environmentalists are concerned about the possible consequences of forest fires in areas contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

According to prominent Russian environmentalist Alexei Yablokov, depending on weather conditions separation of radionuclides can reach several hundred kilometers.

The Office of the Bryansk forests of concerns shared by environmentalists and state that the situation is difficult, but controlled.

According to the MOE, the area of forest fires in Russia halved.

In the suburbs continue to burn 220 hectares of forests and peatlands.

In Moscow, where last night the heat has died down, acrid smoke from the fires cleared. However, according to weather forecasters, smog can return to the Russian capital in the coming days.

Belarus is increasingly starting fires in forests and peat bogs in including in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl radiation. According to records management, every day there is up to 15 fires.

The fires in the Bryansk region did not lead to a change in the radiation situation in Belarus, said the agency "Interfax-West" on Wednesday at the National Radiation Monitoring Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Belarus.

"Our laboratories have not detected any change of the radiation situation in the border region of Bryansk regions of Belarus", — reported in the center.

"The radiation situation in the country remains the same as before, higher values of gamma-rays are stored in the permanent monitoring points located in areas of high contamination — Bragin, Narovlia, Slavgorod Chechersk Khoyniki" — reported in the center.

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