Radioactive metals 2# - Ukraine
The Ukraine 2015
The story behind the photo:
Pasha while repairing an engine that is used to force ventilation in the radioactive scrap metal recycling facilities.
Inside the zone tons of metals lie abandoned, but over the years all this rusty gold has not gone unnoticed, and more or less illegally was recycled and today continues to be. Tons of metal leave the area each month. Since 2007, the Ukrainian government has legalized the recycling of radioactive metals with the blasting method. The workshop is close to the never finished number 5 and 6 reactors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a huge warehouse where twelve men clean and recycle radioactive metals. Their work is terribly dangerous, almost a death sentence in slow motion, as it forces the workers to continuously inhale radioactive particles like caesium, strontium and plutonium.
From the project "Chernobyl Stories" The Ukraine 2014-2019
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