Chernobyl and the Nuclear Energy Impasse


While residing in Kiev in 2001, I visited the Chernobyl Zone accompanied by several Ukrainian guides. Since then I have worked closely with Dr. Valery Antropov (second from left in photograph), manager of the Chernobyl State Complex Information Center for Radioactive Waste Management. Dr. Antropov provided me with invaluable guidance in understanding the current situation at Chernobyl and the cleanup and management efforts he and his colleagues undertake, while I composed an in-depth article on this.

The 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster is April 26, 2006. But my article is not about the anniversary. Instead, it chronicles a day at the Zone, and depicts the dismal, still potentially dangerous state of the site. Take a tour of the Chernobyl Zone with me here, and learn why the new containment shelter needs to be built soon, and why Chernobyl is still urgently relevant to current global nuclear energy policy.

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  1. Grace April 21, 2006 at 11:40 am #

    This is a very thorough and informative review of Chernobyl. I hope that you didn’t drink the locally produced Vodka!
    Since we don’t know the long term effects of exposure, Humanity may be surprised in a thousand years to see the various possible mutations . Atomic energy is still in the discovery stages. (In my opinion, although I have friends who think that they have it licked…This Buds’ for you…) It is obvious that Humans don’t know “what the hell we are doing “with it.
    It is a much wilder and un-predictable beast than at first thought. I am hoping science can fast forward to the point where humanity is in a fair wrestling match with the atom. I am all for containment shelters, if it makes everyone “feel” better. Lets’ face it…
    Science is only scratching the surface, and there is no where to “put” the heaps of deadly trial and error radioactive crap.

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