Chernobyl And Its Effects On Nuclear Power

891 Words May 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Nuclear accidents have plagued nuclear power it 's very conception, and as thus tainted its name, and lead to bad publicity as being unsafe and dangerous. To focus on one incident, Chernobyl was one of the largest blunders in all of Nuclear history. Not only was miles around the plants irradiated, citizens and workers were exposed to higher levels of radiation, the workers even being developing acute radiation sickness. (NRC Backgrounder). After the initial incident, 18sq miles around the plant became the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the area is not to be inhabitable for between 180 and 320 years (The Globe and Mail). It could have been prevented though. In the journal of Control, Béla Lipták writes, “Chernobyl Did Not Need To Occur” and examines the Chernobyl and views it as a act of human error, “The causes of this accident were similar to those at 3 Mile Island seven years earlier. Both of these accidents occurred at night, after a shift change of operators who were poorly trained, uninformed and were operating the plants under manual control while their safety controls were bypassed. […] The accident occurred while the reactor was being tested at low loading (20%) to determine the time period during which the plant would stay stable and continue to produce electricity after being shut down. The test was conducted in the middle of the night, by an inexperienced crew, while the control computer was disabled.” (Lipták) As one can see, it was a error in operation and…
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