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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chernobyl to Sell Scrap Metal

KIEV -- Thousands of tons of metal abandoned in the contaminated zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be cleaned and sold elsewhere in Ukraine, a report said Tuesday.

The "dead zone'' -- the area within 30 kilometers of Chernobyl -- is a junkyard for trucks, tanks, helicopters and other metal objects left behind after the April 1986 disaster and the subsequent cleanup.

Most people see the zone as a barren reminder of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster. But officials responsible for the area see profits in the metal strewn throughout the area, from armored personnel carriers to the rusting bumper cars in an abandoned amusement park.

Ambitious local officials want to attract private capital to fund the project and hope to ship the first batch of cleansed metal from the area next year, the Studio One Plus One television network said.

"The metal will be cleaned to such a degree that it will be fit for use in clean territory," Boris Trembach, director of Kompleks, a zone enterprise involved in the plan, told the network.

The report did not indicate how the metal would be cleaned, how much capital is needed or whether facilities for the decontamination process already exist in the Chernobyl zone.