20 Years Later: Chernobyl’s effects are indelible and lasting

by Medindia Content Team on Apr 13 2006 8:36 PM

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster has left a lot to be desired in Britain, with the ill effects still being felt across the nation.

Farmers around North Wales need to be cautious, despite the 20 years gone by, relying on Geiger counters in possession of government inspectors who scan the lambs before they are sold, to check for signs of radiation. It is possible that the lambs could have grazed on lands which would have been contaminated after the nuclear disaster, rendering the lamb meat unsafe for consumption .In the event of the radiation levels being too high, the lambs will need to graze on another land and be tested again.

Nearly 375 British farmers, who nearly have a 200,000 flock of sheep, have been tied down by restrictions after the nuclear disaster in 1986.The farmers are required to procure a license each time they need to move their sheep.

Mr. Roberts, a farmer in North Wales, said "At peak times, we have to give the inspectors seven days notice, so we can never take advantage of sudden improvements in trade and always have to plan well in advance. It's worrying that something that happened thousands of miles away can still have such an effect on us."