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Rotarians hear issues surrounding Chernobyl's 30th anniversary

The Malakoff News of Malakoff, Texas

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MALAKOFF — The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the former Soviet empire took place 30 years ago, Malakoff Rotarians learned May 3, leaving an eerie aftermath.

Rotary program chair leanie Seely said the nuclear reactor fire and explosion happened April 26, 1986. It is considered the worst in world history, With radiation spreading across a great deal of Eurasia. The facility was shoddily built, Seely said, and that, along with human error, contributed to the disaster.

The aftermath included placing a 36-ton concrete cover over the destroyed reactor, but that, too, is falling apart. Efforts are underway to replace it, funded by more than 30 nations. Thyroid cancer has been the main radiation-related cause of death.

The Chernobyl area is still off-limits, even though about 150 people moved back to the city within two years of the explosion. Dead trees and leaves that fell have not decayed in the three decades since the nuclear disaster. Animal life, instead of extinction, has instead adapted, Seely said.

Also during the Malakoff Rotary meeting, member Teri Caswell announced an AmeriCorps-affiliated program called "Food on the Move," which will provide free meals to children ages 1-18 at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Log Cabin and Trinidad Methodist Church. City Square, North Texas' largest AmeriCorps program, administers "Food on the Move." The summer food program lasts from June 6 to Aug. 12 and will be held Mondays through Fridays. Times will be determined later this month.

Call (903) 489-3500 or (903) 489-7500 for more information.

Rotary member Julie Armstrong told fellow Rotarians about a $5,000 grant for the Malakoff Education Foundation, which benefits the Malakoff school district, courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative (TVEC).

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Original Publication Date: May 6, 2016

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