Two Chinese firms are planning to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor an area off limits since a devastating explosion contaminated the entire region with radiation in 1986.
|The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone was established by the former USSR military soon after the accident in 1986. The exclusion zone was initially an area within a 30 kilometer radius of the accident. It is now an area of about 2,600 square km (1,000 square miles) around the power plant. There are still about 200 people who have not moved from the zone and approximately 3,000 people work in the area. There is also a considerable tourist business as shown on the appended video. Although there is a general decrease in the number and types of wildlife as one moves into more radioactive areas some species have reappeared that were long gone from the area. The area is now in the Ukraine.|