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Air pollution in Kyiv not associated with fires in Chornobyl, - State Emergency Service

Source : 112 Ukraine

The radiation background in the Exclusion Zone, Kyiv and the region is within normal limits
20:24, 18 April 2020

korrespondent.net

The chairman of the State Emergency Service, Mykola Chechotkin, states air pollution in Kyiv is not related to fires in the Chernobyl zone. He said this during a daily meeting chaired by the President of Ukraine, the press service of the head of state reports.

According to Chechotkin, the radiation background in the Exclusion Zone, Kyiv and the region is within normal limits and does not exceed normal values.

Also, the head of the State Emergency Situations Committee noted that there are no threats to the critical infrastructure of the Exclusion Zone, such as the Shelter, or the radioactive waste storage facility.

In addition, the State Emergencies Ministry announced the creation of forces reserve in case of complications.

Related: Ukraine increases fines for air pollution, destruction or damage to flora, violation of fire safety

Earlier Kyiv city hall recommended that citizens close their windows, which is due to a drastic increase of concentration of harmful emissions into the air. That's the consequence of fires in Chornobyl exclusion zone and a forest district in Zhytomyr region, northern Ukraine; they still have not been extinguished. 

Bellingcat investigation bureau came up with a big article focused on the current environmental situation.

"Citizens have meanwhile expressed concerns that radioactivity in the exclusion zone could be spreading through thick smoke from the burning trees. Also, some international media outlets have made misleading claims about “spiking radiation levels” at the “abandoned nuclear waste storage” — with both of these statements actually being incorrect", the agency wrote. 

Related: Fires in Chornobyl zone are extinguished in territory of five forestries, - State Emergency Service

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