Greenpeace report says Chernobyl death toll has been underestimated
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
A report published by Greenpeace questions an estimate made by the (IAEA) that 4000 deaths have resulted from the . Greenpeace claims that this estimate is 'a gross simplification of the breadth of human suffering' and that over the last 15 years, 60,000 have died in because of the accident, and estimates that the total death toll for and could be another 140,000.
The figure of 4,000 deaths given by the IAEA report referred to cancer fatalities within a group of 600,000 people, comprising of those who were sent in to clean up after the accident and those relocated after the accident. The Greenpeace report calls this figure 'misleading', saying that the report 'hid the true scale of human impact of Chernobyl'.
Ivan Blokov of Greenpeace said "it is appalling that the IAEA is whitewashing the impacts of the most serious nuclear accident in human history".
The IAEA have not yet responded to the report.
The Europe, whereas our report looks at only the most affected areas of the three most affected countries." Furthermore, "The WHO felt it had recourse to the best national and international scientific evidence and studies when it came up with its estimates of [up to] 9,000 excess deaths for the most affected areas. We feel they're very sound."spokesman Gregory Hartl stated that "The Greenpeace report is looking at all of
The report has been released at a time when the UK government is considering whether new nuclear power stations should be built in the country.
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- "Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident and Special Health Care Programmes" — , 2006
- "Greenpeace rejects Chernobyl toll" — , April 18, 2006
- "Greenpeace new study reveals death toll of Chernobyl enormously underestimated" — , April 18, 2006
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