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Senator Andreychuk marks the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Ottawa, Ontario – On April 26, 2017, Senator Raynell Andreychuk marked the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“Today, I call on all Canadians to join me in pausing to remember the victims of Chernobyl – one of the largest nuclear power plant disasters in history,” said Senator Andreychuk.  “Let us remember the men, women and children, who lost their lives as a result of this tragedy. Our thoughts are with the children who have been orphaned, and with all those who continue to suffer the devastating effects of nuclear radiation exposure.”

On April 26, 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power plant located near the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, exploded during a routine safety test. As a fire erupted, radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere extending across Ukraine, Belarus and neighboring areas of Europe.

“As a result of direct exposure to radiation, thirty-one ill-equipped emergency responders and power plant workers were the first victims of the disaster. Among those who survived, serious health complications persist”, said Senator Andreychuk, citing estimates of over 7,000 cases of thyroid cancer related to the incident.

Noting the United Nations General Assembly decision to designate April 26 as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, Senator Andreychuk stated, “International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day marks an opportunity to raise awareness and reaffirm our commitment to improving nuclear safety and security so that we may prevent future disasters from occurring.”


Zenia Turkewych Miner

Office of the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator

613 996 4600