Nuclear Eenergy & Safty in Relation to Chernobyl

Essay by semper.fi11High School, 11th gradeB+, April 2008

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FORWARDOn the 26th of April 1986 at the time of 1:24 am an accident would occur which would change the lives and ideologies of people around the world. This accident would change the outlook of Nuclear power dramatically, from safe and efficient to dangerous and unpredictable. It would cost the Soviet government billions of dollars to repair, aid and keep the radioactive dust down. This accident is The Chernobyl Accident, the catastrophic accident that left a city inhabitable for 500 years, due to radioactivity; it had also killed 31 people after immediate exposure. After years of debate, the Soviet government has admitted to 224 deaths of others, yet the death toll is believed to be probably several thousands, and due to radioactivity, in the future it may reach to tens of thousands.

The Chernobyl Accident has not only cost lives and taxpayers money, but also has left mainly the countries of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia with social economic consequences, not affecting the other countries, in the Northern hemisphere, because the radiological impact was so minute, from the radioactive dust.

The reason that I had chosen this topic is so that I could understand why it had happened, what it has done to the world, and what can be done to prevent nuclear radiation harming more innocent citizens, but before I can find the real catastrophic effect of Chernobyl there must be a sound knowledge in the basic idea of nuclear energy.

1.0INTRODUCTIONThe town of Chernobyl situated on the Pripiat River, in North-Central Ukraine, was about 25km downstream of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, which had attached the obscure town to its name.

Chernobyl Power Plant homed 4 RBMK nuclear type reactors; RBMK is a Russian acronym, meaning Large Power Boiling Reactor. All of this was situated on the...