More than 100,000 people were evacuated from the area surrounding the plant in the wake of the explosion.
Since the nuclear reactor fire in 1986 that left the area badly irradiated with deadly levels of background radiation.
After the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in 1986, spewing radioactivity into the atmosphere, a 1,000-square-mile Exclusion Zone was established around the area hardest hit by the disaster.
The waters are free of contamination and, according to the Portsmouth scientists, are chemically similar to waters from the Champagne region of France. However, for the most part, the risk of radiation contamination throughout much of the exclusion zone is now considered "negligible" by the Ukrainian government, which reopened the zone to tourism almost a decade ago.
"Because now", Prof Smith provides, "after 30 years, I mediate potentially the most important thing within the plot is often economic growth, not the radioactivity".
During testing, Smith and his team found a radioactive isotope present in the grain, strontium-90, which exceeded the levels of radiation allowed in goods by Ukrainian authorities.
"Many thousands of people are still living in the Zone of Obligatory Resettlement, where new investment and use of agricultural land is still forbidden", he explained.
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Oleg Nasvit, first deputy head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management, said: "We welcome this initiative to use abandoned lands to help local communities".
A special "artisan vodka" has been created using grain and water from the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Only one bottle of ATOMIK now exists, and the product is not yet for sale, but it's considered the first commercial product to come from the exclusion zone, the BBC reports.
Smith said the vodka was blended with mineral water from a deep well near Chernobyl.
Part of that is because much of the exclusion zone is not almost as unsafe as it was feared to be 33 years ago. United Nations agencies have said some 4,000 people will die in total because of radiation exposure.
Apparently the vodka (which is completely safe to drink, by the way) will be a massive stepping stone in helping the region recover financially.
He said that 33 years on, "many abandoned areas could now be used to grow crops safely without the need for distillation".
The drink is raising spirits in the exclusion zone about the possible recovery and reclamation of land that was thought to be unproductive for centuries. "I$3 t isn't typical of a more highly purified vodka, but has the flavour of the grain from our original Ukrainian distillation methods-I like it".
The Chernobyl Spirit Company hopes to start properly producing and selling the vodka by the end of the year after legal requirements are fulfilled.