Future of Exclusion Zone: Online Poll of Uatom.org Readers
The Chornobyl NPP accident led to formation of the Exclusion Zone: an area of 30 km around the shutdown NPP, with the minimum presence of people. Apart from personnel for maintenance of NPP, spent nuclear fuel storage and radioactive waste management facilities, there is no residential population. The rest are the property of the nature.
The Exclusion Zone is a unique place and this uniqueness attracts scientists, artists and tourists. There is still no consensus on what the future vector of exclusion zone development should be.
On the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl accident, we asked the readers of the Uatom.org website and Facebook page how they see the future of the Chornobyl zone.
So, in general 60 people, who had the opportunity to choose several options, shared their thoughts. The most support (77%) was gained by the option offering to develop the Exclusion Zone as a platform for scientific research.
The second most popular (38%) proposal is to limit activities in the zone only to industrial activities: ChNPP decommissioning, radwaste disposal, storage of spent nuclear fuel from ChNPP and other Ukrainian NPPs.
Relatively few Uatom readers support the existing status quo of ChEZ and certainly zone development as a tourist attraction. Both options received an almost equal number of votes (18% and 20%, respectively). 10% supported events for the memorialization of Prypiat and other sites that may be of cultural value.
Accordingly, the conclusion of the survey is that the audience of the Uatom.org website sees the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone as a space mainly of scientific and industrial potential in nuclear energy use.
Uatom.org Editorial Board