Fans of the Stalker series of games will feel light deja vu - the first bottle of vodka is presented, which is officially made using materials from the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But if in the fictional world of "atomic romanticism" radionuclides served as a "seasoning" for ordinary drinks, then real Atomik vodka, on the contrary, is completely devoid of them. Except for carbon-14, which is a natural component of any food.
The idea to create vodka from raw materials collected in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and bearing traces of radioactive contamination belongs to Jim Smith, a professor at the University of Portsmouth. This is the result of three years of work by a team of scientists as part of the Site remediation program. The project, which has now grown into a commercial company "Chernobyl Spirit Company", is ready to establish a serial production of exotic alcohol, if legal nuances are settled.
Smith's team raised wheat in several test sites within the Site and took water from deep-sea layers at a distance of at least 10 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant itself. The feedstock was radioactive, enough strontium-90 was found in it to receive an irradiation dose of just over 20 Bq / kg. However, according to Smith, in the process of obtaining alcohol, distillation and distillation, they managed to completely purify the components of vodka from radiation.
The idea of creating such a vodka is just the tip of the iceberg. Smith's team wanted to demonstrate through a clear example that reclamation and careful, thoughtful use of contaminated areas is possible. Chernobyl exclusion zone, and this is an area of 4200 sq. Km. in the center of Europe, has not brought any economic benefit for thirty years, although most of it is actually safe for people and nature.