A spill from the Mayak plutonium facility in the late ‘60s released four times more radioactivity into this river than was released by the Chernobyl accident. Virtually the whole population suffers from chronic and genetic diseases. The riverbank and sediment of a popular swimming area in the river near the village still showed very high levels of radioactivity, and Blacksmith funded a local partner to dig and remove these soils, and replace with clean soils. The radioactive soils were deposited in a safe place away from human contact, and covered again with clean soil.
Children Under 6 Affected