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Sunday Portrait column: Making a living in the shadows of Chernobyl

There has been more awareness recently about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, largely due to the grim new HBO miniseries that dramatizes the world’s worst nuclear accident.

There have been news stories about a booming tourism industry near Chernobyl, Ukraine, especially the town of Pripyat, where Chernobyl nuclear plant workers and their families lived. Other recent reports detail how the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has become an animal refuge.

On May 5, this paper ran a Chicago Tribune story about a Syracuse University instructor who, with 11 students, toured the Exclusion Zone, consisting of an 18-mile radius around the Chernobyl plants, which includes the abandoned city of Pripyat. Access is allowed, but restricted.

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