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Pollution Case Studies: Chernobyl

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On April 26, 1986, two power surges occurring during nuclear safety checks resulted in a meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in the USSR. At the time, it was the largest nuclear accident in history.

Which of the following consequences was a result of the Chernobyl environmental disaster?

A

Benzene exposure led to high white blood cell counts which are precursors to leukemia.

B

Higher than normal levels of cesium-137 were detected in schools of Pacific fish.

C

Higher than normal levels of iodine-131 were linked to thyroid cancer in humans.

D

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons caused heart deformities in tuna and amberjacks.

E

Over 100,000 animal deaths occurred in species such as birds, otters, seals and orcas.