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Fri., Jan. 15, 1999 at: NY 11:40 a.m. Lon 4:40 p.m. Pra 5:40 p.m. Mos 7:40 p.m.

Moscow Contaminated by Radioactive Buildings, Food

MOSCOW, Jan. 15, 1999 -- (Agence France Presse) Moscow is contaminated by radioactivity from abandoned waste items and from food still affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, press reports said Friday.

The daily Segodnya said some 150,000 sources of radioactivity were disseminated throughout the city, quoting Sergei Dimitriyev, deputy director of the Radon company, which is tasked with decontaminating Moscow.

They consist largely of items of scientific, medical and industrial equipment abandoned in the cellars and attics of buildings, and even in schools.

Dimitriyev said his company had decontaminated 156 buildings last year, including 20 schools.

The daily Moskovsky Komsomolets also quoted Dimitriyev as saying that five tonnes of mushrooms, bilberries and other fruit were seized on Moscow markets last year.

They had come mainly from areas of Russia and Belarus hit by the radioactive cloud from the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine which caught fire in 1986. ( (c) 1998 Agence France Presse)

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