Taking advantage of the shutdown, the plant operators on duty performed a test with the reactor’s residual kinetic energy.In the general description of the accident offered in the Soviet report, the authors presented the experiment as an attempt to test the possibility of utilizing the mechanical energy of the rotor in a turbogenerator, cut off from the steam supply, to sustain the unit’s own power requirements during failure.To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer).
She shows that the myriad studies on Chernobyl-related health effects were rarely coordinated, and their authors often unaware of parallel efforts or previous results.
Brown doesn’t intend to advocate for one set of health-impacts data over another, but “to come to a more certain number describing the damage the accident caused”.
Her research on globalizing nuclear emergency response is supported by a US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future Kate Brown W. Norton (2019)Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster Adam Higginbotham Simon & Schuster (2019)In the early hours of 26 April 1986, a problem during a scheduled maintenance test set off an uncontrolled nuclear reaction at the Chernobyl power plant in Soviet Ukraine.
Today, the official number of fatalities quoted by United Nations agencies ranges from 31 to 54, with another 2,000–9,000 future cancer deaths predicted.
Yet in 2005, environmental charity Greenpeace indicated that 200,000 people had already died as a consequence of the disaster, and a further 93,000 fatal cancers were to be expected.
While the test appears legitimate at first sight, several crucial aspects of the test were flawed.
Prior experimentations of similar nature had been conducted with success, but under completely different circumstances.
Her capacity to immerse herself and pick up on nuances brings these stories from factory workers, technicians, doctors and villagers alive.
Brown read official reports on Chernobyl’s health effects, but also local public health statistics; asked researchers to explain their methodology; compared how research protocols were set up and executed.