The future of the Exclusion Zone: the online poll of Uatom.org readers

The accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the emergence of an Exclusion Zone — the ​​30 km area around the shutdown station, where the presence of people is minimal. Apart from NPP maintenance personnel, spent nuclear fuel storage facilities and radioactive waste management, there is no permanent population. The rest is possession of nature.

The Exclusion Zone is a unique place in its own way, and this uniqueness attracts scientists, artists and tourists. And there is no consensus yet on what the future vector of development of the Exclusion Zone should be.

For the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, we asked readers of Uatom.org and the Facebook page how they see the future of the Chornobyl Zone.

So, a total of 60 people shared their thoughts, who had the opportunity to choose several options. The option that proposes to develop the Exclusion Zone as a platform for scientific research gained the most support (77%).

The second most popular proposal (38%) is to limit activities in the area to industrial activities — decommissioning of Chornobyl, radwaste disposal, storage of spent fuel from the ChNPP and other nuclear power plants in Ukraine.

Relatively few Uatom readers support the current status quo of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, let alone the development of the area as a tourist attraction. Both options received almost equal votes (18% and 20% respectively). 10% were in favor of commemorating the city of Prypyat and other sites that may have cultural value.

Accordingly, the conclusion of the survey: the audience of the site Uatom.org sees the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone as a space with predominantly scientific and industrial potential in the field of nuclear energy.

Uatom.org Editorial Board.