The international response: prospects for a nuclear safety regime

Linnerooth-Bayer J (1991). The international response: prospects for a nuclear safety regime. In: Chernobyl. pp. 85-116 Germany: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-84367-9 DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-84367-9_5.

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Abstract

In April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor breached containment and released more than 100 million curies of radioactivity into the environment. The release from this worst case accident, which has been compared to several dozen Hiroshima bombs (Hohenemser and Renn, 1988), conformed little, if at all, to accepted nuclear accident scenarios. To everybody’s relief, there were far fewer immediate fatalities in the Ukraine than would have been anticipated. Actual deaths, however, instead became anonymous statistical deaths. The radionuclide contamination reached most of the Northern Hemisphere, and expected future cancer fatalities may be in the thousands.[1]

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Risk, Uncertainty, and Complexity (RUC)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 14:05
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 14:05
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13074

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