Iraqi Scientists Trained in Pripyat

In June 2008, three Texas Tech professors and their graduate students trained 27 Iraqi scientists about processes needed to clean up radioactive debris. The training took place in the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine.

The Iraqis need to learn cleaning techniques to deal with the decontamination of their country’s repeatedly bombed Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex and at least nine other nuclear sites.

Well, that’s an interesting use of Pripyat - train Iraqis on radiation clean up techniques in a city that officials have failed to completely decontaminate over the last 23 years. If nothing else, the Iraqis learned what some of their cities may look like in the near future.