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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U. S. Has Problems Too, Greens Say

U. S. citizens are coping with a Cold War environmental legacy of poor toxic waste management and radioactive contamination that is much like that faced by inhabitants of the former Soviet Union, Russian environmentalists said Thursday.

Members of the Socio-Ecological Union, an umbrella group of some 300 environmental groups active in the former Soviet Union, told reporters in a press conference Thursday that a recent trip to the United States, sponsored by grants from American foundations, led them to conclude that both countries have suffered from nuclear energy production.

"The situation is the same everywhere", said Lidia Popova, a physicist and expert on nuclear issues. "The nuclear industry is dominated by secrecy which generates irresponsible action".

A public affairs officer at the State Department in Washington D. C. reached by telephone Thursday, declined to comment.

The Russian delegation met primarily with the Military Production Network, an association of 40 groups which oppose military nuclear energy production and support a ban on all nuclear testing.