Chernobyl soil blamed for lung problems in children — Children living downwind of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine may have long-term problems affecting their lungs, according to a University of South Carolina study. The results of the study, led by Dr. Erik Svendsen of the Arnold School of Public Health, are published in the May issue of the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. The study shows that the source of the children’s problems is radioactive cesium, a chemical element that contaminated the soil and air after the world’s most serious nuclear accident. Read article

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