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Shoot: Photo Exhibition 'Half Life' by Robert Knoth

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State Secretary of Environment, Pieter van Geel, opens the photo exhibition 'Half Life - living with the effects of nuclear waste' of photographer Robert Knoth. Between 1948 and 1956 radioactive waste from the giant Mayak nuclear complex was poured straight into the Techa River, the source of drinking water for many villages. It exposed 124,000 people to medium- and high levels of radiation. Nuclear waste was also dumped into the lakes of West Siberia. One of these fell dry during a hot summer and a storm blew nuclear dust across a vast area around the lake. In 1957 one of the cooling systems of the Mayak-plant exploded and more than half the amount of radioactive waste released by the accident in Chernobyl got into the atmosphere. Some villagers were evacuated, but many were not. At least 272,000 people were affected by Mayak-radiation. The Dutch photo-journalist Robert Knoth has taken photos in the villages around the Mayak nuclear complex in 2000 and 2001. Greenpeace asks State Secretary Van Geel to make out a case within the EU against the new European plans for storage of nuclear waste. Europe has to take its own responsibility for damaging waste. Russia cannot become the dumping place for our nuclear waste.
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
24 Mar, 2003
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
24 Mar, 2003
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
24 Mar, 2003
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
24 Mar, 2003
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
24 Mar, 2003
Opening Photo Exhibition Half Life of Robert Knoth in The Hague
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