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ERIC Number: ED279515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Reassessing Nuclear Power: The Fallout from Chernobyl. Worldwatch Paper 75.
The Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion on April 26, 1986, was the world's most serious nuclear power accident to date. This document examines the accident's impact on the world from a variety of perspectives. The first major section of the book provides a step-by-step account of the accident itself, beginning with the special testing that eventually led to the disaster. Included are data on the daily release of radioactivity from Chernobyl from April 25 to May 7, the maximum reported radiation levels in Europe following the accident, and the estimated direct financial losses in the Soviet Union resulting from the incident. The "Political Fallout" section examines public opposition to nuclear power in various countries. It provides a summary of both the citizen responses (such as protests, demonstrations, and petitions) and the political responses that followed the accident. Other sections examine the safety of nuclear power in general and the possible effects of Chernobyl on the once-held vision of a nuclear-powered world. Major adjustments in policy are traced in selected countries since 1980, and examples of governmental decisions to reduce or eliminate nuclear power are discussed. (TW)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Diseases, Emergency Programs, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plants, Political Influences, Pollution, Public Health, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Radiation, Radiation Effects, Safety
Worldwatch Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC 20036 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Worldwatch Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: USSR