If You’re Willing To Brave The Plutonium Dust and Radioactive Moss, You Too Can Make Easy Money In Illegal Logging
The logs from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Don’t Really Glow, and In A Way, That’s The Problem
After what remains the worst nuclear catastrophe in human history, an exclusion zone about 18 miles in diameter was declared around the highly radioactive ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Thirty years after the “incident”, a billion dollar sarcophagus is nearly completion. Constructed with international funding, the dome will contain the radioactive mess for the next several hundred years.
Meanwhile out in the badlands, entry to the exclusion zone is allowed only to those who acquire permits. This spooky no man’s land, remains radioactive in unpredictable places. Photos show a landscape straight of out of a dystopian future genre film, but it is all too real.
Yes somehow, in a tribute to humanity’s resilience and corruption, illegal logging is being conducted under the noses of the authorities on a modest scale. Because the operations are criminal, it is difficult to tell where the logs are being sold. But they are certainly being sold somewhere, or they wouldn’t have been logged in the first place.
The problem is that the logs are radioactive to a greater or lesser degree. Unlike the fun photo above, they don’t actually glow, so the end use may well not be aware of their source. The owners of a house built with this lumber, for example, might not know they are being exposed to nuclear contamination. Because who checks lumber for radioactivity?
Now, you might think it’s kind of irresponsible to sell radioactive logs, but bear this in mind: that’s kind of what criminals do.