Dangerous Levels of Radiation in a Bay near Bulgarian Resort Chernomorets
A new warning for dangerous levels of radiation in the Vromos Bay near Chernomorets was issued by the health authorities. In Bulgarian and English, a new plate warns that the sandy strip is dangerous, a BBC report showed.
Radiation contamination is high - in individual areas up to 50 times the norm. However, access to the beach is not prohibited, the risk of using it is the responsibility of the people on holiday.
Ore mined decades ago from the nearby Rosen mine were high in uranium. Part of the waste water is discharged into the bay.
"The difference in the content of radionuclides in the sand and in the soil along the sand strip in relation to this terrain compared to the other terrains we are exploring all along the Black Sea is here between 5 and 50 times." The life of these radioisotope elements until decay is considerable, it exceeds 90-100 years, "explained Verginia Tsanova - Deputy Director, RZI - Burgas.
The effect of staying for a long time on the sand is not immediate, but it can be seen in years, warn health authorities. Small children also risk swallowing sand.
"It has a carcinogenic effect, and it leads to genetic mutations in the genital cells, from there to the offspring, which is extremely dangerous for young people and for pregnant women," Tsanova added.
Verginia Tsanova stressed that there is no way to ban the use of the beach. "It's people's choice, we just have to warn them," she said.
The beach is without a concessionaire and is preferred by families with children.
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