(GIZMODO) – It’s been thirty years since the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in plants seemed to have died down. So why are levels of radiation in milk still peaking?

A new AP investigation found that radiation levels in milk from dairies along the border of the 1986 Chernobyl exclusion zone were 10 times higher than accepted limits. Their result contradicted those of the dairies’ own tests which had long claimed all levels were at or below normal.

But why is this problem cropping up a full 30 years after the disaster, and why is milk at the center of the problem? Part of the answer can be found in the local population’s eating habits, but a larger part can be found in the eating habits of the cows.

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