Wales since 1945

On Saturday 26 April 1986, at 1.23 a.m. the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident occurred. A combination of human error and faulty Soviet design led to Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Power Plant to explode sending radioactive material into the air.

A View of Chernobyl After the Accident

1,444 miles from the plant Wales felt they were safe from the subsequent radiation drifting in the atmosphere. But the economic and environmental impact was still felt by Welsh farmers for 26 years.

Welsh Hill Farm in Snowdonia one of the Areas Affected by Radioactive Fallout

The environment matters. Wales, as a country within the UK, may be an island but the atmosphere has no borders. Substances, leaked spilled or blown into the air can still have a profound and lasting effect.

Media Reports
Initially the Soviet authorities tried to deny the disaster had occurred. When Sweden, Norway and Finland…

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