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Senator Andreychuk Commemorates the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Rising in the Senate on April 20, 2016, Senator Andreychuk commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“Today, we commemorate those who lost their lives, and those who continue to suffer in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster,” said Senator Andreychuk.

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor exploded at the Chernobyl power plant near the small town of Pripyat, Ukraine. The explosion exposed countless individuals living in surrounding areas across Ukraine and Belarus to high levels of radiation. Thirty-one brave first-responders lost their lives from direct exposure to radiation while fighting to bury the reactor. Thirty years later, the adverse consequences of this exposure continues to devastate the lives of all those affected.

“The profound human health and environmental impacts of the Chernobyl disaster have yet to be fully understood,” said Senator Andreychuk, noting the high instances of thyroid cancer and other health complications among survivors and their children.

“The high human cost attributed to this tragedy underscores the importance of practicing vigilance when it comes to safety within the civilian nuclear sector,” Senator Andreychuk added.  “Let us continue to raise awareness about the importance of nuclear safety and always remember the victims of Chernobyl.”

Senator Andreychuk’s full statement on the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster can be read here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/421/Debates/029db_2016-04-20-e.htm

Contact: Zenia Turkewych Miner 613-996-4600

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