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Radioactive boars 'could be tainted' from Chernobyl meltdown

Animals found to have high levels of Cesium contamination

Radioactive boars 'could be tainted' from Chernobyl meltdown

Rome, March 8 - High levels of radioactivity found in wild boars in Piedmont possibly stems from Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear meltdown that happened in 1986 which deposited contamination through much of Europe, Italian wildlife and forestry authorities said on Friday. Testing for parasites among boars in the Valesia area near the Piedmont town of Vercelli revealed extremely high levels of Cesium 137. An emergency meeting was called on Friday to discuss next steps. Authorities also said that the contamination could originate from toxic waste dumps or a local nuclear reactor that was dismantled in 1987.

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