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Ukraine Prevents Theft of Chernobyl Radioactive Material

Ukrainian authorities have arrested four police officers linked to an attempt to take 25 tons of radioactive metal from the site of the defunct Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 29, 2005).

The seized metal emits 13 times more radiation than is acceptable, said Ukrainian State Security Service spokeswoman Maryna Ostapenko.

The Chernobyl site has remained under guard since 1986, when an explosion destroyed the reactor and dispersed radiation throughout the surrounding environment (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Sept. 17).

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