Russia’s Radioactive River

National Geographic: A sign near an abandoned school warns against gathering mushrooms, picking berries, and fishing in the Russian village of Muslyumovo. The community sits on the banks of the Techa River in one of the world’s most contaminated nuclear dumping grounds. This Ural Mountain village is one of two dozen that originally sat downstream of the Mayak nuclear complex, which dumped 2.68 billion cubic feet (76 million cubic meters) of highly radioactive waste into the river from 1949 to 1956. The Mayak facility......

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