Kazakhstan was heavily polluted by nuclear waste according to a 1992 study by researchers. Arable land was occupied by nuclear test and research sites, raising the typical background level of radiation to 25 to 500 times the permissible level. Many residents exhibited high white blood cell counts, a symptom of low-level radiation poisoning, and average life expectancy dropped by two years from 1948 to 1992.
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