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Chernobyl: On April 26, 1986, reactor number 4 at the plant lost coolant, causing a fire that spread radioactive fallout into the atmosphere. More than 300,000 people had to be resettled and countless others were physically affected by the radiation, either with death or related diseases. Costs for ongoing cleanup vary. Belarus estimated $265 billion and spent more than $13 billion between 1991 and 2003 on related costs, while the Ukraine has spent about $15 billion in the past 20 years to deal with the disaster’s fallout. (Source: EPA, Environment News Service)

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