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Ecological and toxicological aspects of the partial meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant reactor

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David J. Hoffman, Barnett A. Rattner, G. Allen Burton Jr., and John Cairns Jr.

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Abstract

the partial meltdown of the 1000-MW reactor at Chernobyl, Ukraine, on April 26, 1986, released large amounts of radiocesium and other radionuclides into the environment, causing widespread radioactive contamination of Europe and the former Soviet Union.1-7 At least 3,000,000 trillion becquerels (TBq) were released from the fuel during the accident (Table 24.1), dwarfing, by orders of magnitude, radiation released from other highly publicized reactor accidents at Windscale (U.K.) and three-Mile Island (U.S.)3,8 The Chernobyl accident happened while a test was being conducted during a normal scheduled shutdown and is attributed mainly to human error.3

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Ecological and toxicological aspects of the partial meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant reactor
Chapter:
24
ISBN:
0873715853
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
Lewis Publishers
Publisher location:
Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
16 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Monograph
Larger Work Title:
Handbook of ecotoxicology
First page:
549
Last page:
564