Do nuclear power leaks affect local trees?
...... Trees can retain radioactivity and become a threat to humans

The potential for radioactive material to leak into the natural environment around the damaged Japanese reactors prompted a quick look on the web to see whether there had been any reports on trees being affected by radioactivity after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Well, 6 years after the Chernobyl leak, the following article appeared.

Police in Ukraine have impounded a number of radioactive Christmas trees, reports say.

The trees were said to have been cut down in an area contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Officials seized the fir trees at local markets in the southern town of Rovno, where they were being sold for the upcoming Orthodox Christmas, Itar-Tass agency reported.

After the region was covered by a radioactive cloud, a complete ban on the felling of trees in the contaminated forests surrounding Chernobyl was imposed.

Police said the local businessmen knew the trees from the Zhytomyr region were contaminated, and used forged documents to sell them.

The authorities are now trying to trace people who have already bought the trees.

See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2613039.stm

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