The Chernobyl Nuclear Incident Research Paper by Nicky

The Chernobyl Nuclear Incident
A look at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and its aftermath.
# 144915 | 5,368 words | 25 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper gives an in-depth description of the disaster that took place at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April, 1986. The paper explains how the Chernobyl accident happened, and the lessons learned from that event. Additionally, the paper considers how these lessons are being put to use to prevent future accidents from occurring. Also examined is the current and continued use of nuclear energy as a viable renewable source of energy moving forward into the future. The paper questions whether or not there is really a way to have catastrophic-proof nuclear energy. In its final sentences, the paper looks forward to the discovery of a safe and renewable energy source that would result in shutting down the world's nuclear reactors.

Before the Incident
The Aftermath of Chernobyl
Lessons Learned
Putting Lessons Learned into Action

From the Paper:

"Eleven days after the Chernobyl incident, on May 6, 1986, radiation from the meltdown was detected on the west coast of the United States. It was reported by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the levels were "way, way below" levels harmful to the residents of the west coast. The White House backed the statement, and the Russians, saying that the meltdown posed no threat to Americans. The problem here, of course, is that Americans, or Europeans, or any other people in the world, have no way of knowing whether or not this is true. Like Quarantelli says, when the system fails, it denotes a lack of control, and there is no doubt that the people of the world have no control over their systems. Any disinformation that would be provided to the American public would be classified as a matter of national security, and the American public would have no way of knowing until someone perhaps stumbled upon information to the contrary, a wayward memo, discovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information. So it was that the American and Russian governments said that there was no danger."

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