The Nuclear Reactors At Chernobyl

1852 Words Oct 24th, 2014 8 Pages
Abstract—The disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 is one that should not be forgotten due to its heavy impacts on society not just locally, but also globally. The incident serves as a perfect example of the importance of engineers and the government acting ethically. From the start, the engineers designing the nuclear reactors at Chernobyl failed to act with integrity by not concerning themselves with the health or welfare of the local community. Their lack of safety systems that were common place in other reactors across the world inevitably caused the death of thousands of people in the former USSR. Additionally, certain design errors committed by the engineers left the reactor unstable during simple, frequent tests and experiments. The USSR government was warned by foreign engineers of some of these system flaws; however they decided to neglect any of the advice they received. Had the government taken action in this situation, the explosion most likely would not have happened. Design engineers were not the only group at fault. The operation crew exhibited extreme negligence during routine tests by disregarding crucial, trained safety procedures. While the crew knew better than to disregard in place safety systems, they were unaware of certain restrictions of the reactor. This was due to the USSR government’s desire to keep most details of the reactor a secret from other countries. The government failed to trust the operation crew to withhold this information and the end result…
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