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Chernobyl anniversary: Medvedev seeks nuclear rules
Article Type: News From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 22, Issue 5
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for new international rules covering safety at nuclear plants. Such rules would permit the “necessary” development of nuclear energy, he said. Mr Medvedev made an unprecedented visit to Chernobyl, alongside Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident.
The explosion sent a plume of radiation across Ukraine, Belarus, western Russia and other parts of Europe in 1986. A total of 30 people were killed directly by the disaster and more than 100 received radiation injuries, while thousands of cases of child thyroid cancer in the region may be linked to Chernobyl. The anniversary comes amid renewed global protest over nuclear power. Thousands of people took part in protests across the world. The debate has been reinvigorated by the threat of radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami.