A certain amount of used automobiles with higher-than-normal radiation levels have been imported from Japan to Kyrgyzstan over last 3 years. 70 such cars are now being stored in Bishkek, Director of the Disease Prevention Department, Tolo Isakov said in an interview with a city newspaper, Akipress reports.
“These cars cannot be dispatched back. Neither China nor Japan will accept them. For this reason, we have to keep them here, and deal with their further disposal,” he explained. Keeping any type of radioactive material can be very dangerous to the environment and people around it, especially if the objects are big as cars. The bigger the object is, the bigger the radiation is going to be, of course, the size doesn’t affect the strength of the radiation.
People in Bishkek are very concerned about these cars because they don’t know how it is going to affect them. Being exposed to radiation is very dangerous, especially if it is for a long time. that’s why the priority is to get rid of these cars as soon as possible, but unfortunately, that is not so easy as it may sound. Nobody wants to take radioactive materials and store them, so getting rid of these cars may be a long process.
The main reason why these cars have to be sent somewhere else is that the radiation will start to affect the environment very seriously and when that happens, everything will start to change. For example, plants and smaller animals that are near these cars will suffer first from the radiation effect. Unfortunately, there is nothing that people can do in order to stop this, these cars have to be destroyed or simply moved to a much safer place where the environment will not get affected by the radiation. This is a very serious task that has to be finished as soon as possible, every minute is valuable they have to do something with these cars immediately if they don’t want to suffer permanent damage.
“Children’s toys are another big concern. Every third doll being sold in Kyrgyzstan is made of materials that are harmful to a child’s health. They are cheap, and people are buying them, and then they can’t understand why their children develop allergies and toxic reactions,’” he added.