Chernobyl and Nuclear Power in the USSR by David R. Marples

By David R. Marples

Chernobyl and Nuclear strength within the USSR supplied the 1st exact account of the Soviet nuclear energy and of the character, effect and effects of the Chernobyl (Chornobyl) catastrophe of 28 April 1986. Marples locations the Chornobyl twist of fate in the context of Soviet nuclear improvement. He contains a Chornobyl diary, that covers Soviet reporting through the first weeks after the twist of fate; Soviet power coverage; jap ecu and Soviet nuclear improvement within the Nineteen Eighties; issues of safety; and an account of the speedy aftermath of the catastrophe and the clean-up operation.

Co-published with the Macmillan Press, London.

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9 May 1986 The Friday moming edition of Izvestiia also alluded to difficulties in evacuation with a statement that: There is no point in denying that there were individual workers who failed to show sufficient firmness or readiness to take decisions in the emergency conditions. Of more significance in this same report was a reference to the fact that those monitoring the amount of radiation within the plant evidently were not in touch with those monitorlog radiation in the vicinity. Izvestiia declined to elaborate on the significance of this fact, but the danger is lucidly clear.

Social factors, however, may also have had a majorroJe to play in the disappointing results attained recently in the Eastem coalfields of the USSR. Most important has been the evident reluctance of Soviet workers to move out to remote areas; and, concomitantly, the failure of the Soviet authorities to provide facilities in distant regions in order to encourage the workers to move there. " 23 It provided a succinct summary of some of the main difficulties encountered, and went far in illustrating why the ostensibly simple solution to Soviet energy problerns-that of developing Siberia-is really not so Straightforward at all.

On 6 May, Pravda had informed readers that on the day of the accident the Chernobyl meteorological station monitored high radiation Ievels at the nuclear plant. At this point, the authorities could have alerted both their own citizens and neighbouring countries. As for the "rescue mission" mentioned by Arbatov, we know that this was not mounted until 27 April (about forty hours after the event). Could one then say that the initial crisis at Chernobyl was a result of an information embargo imposed by a closed totalitarian society?

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