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25 years since Chernobyl


8:43 am
April 26, 2011

Kevin Makice

Bloomington, Indiana


posts 49


Post edited 8:44 am – April 26, 2011 by Kevin Makice

… and we still don't know what to do with nuclear energy / waste. 


On April 26, 1986, Chernobyl workers took advantage of a regular maintenance window to run an annual test. One minute later, there was an explosion that changed the world forever. Or did it.

Here we are in 2011 in the throes of a similar nuclear disaster in Japan, caused by natural forces instead of human error, but bringing up the same issues that have happened in those few times nuclear plants go this awry. There are safety precautions we learned from Chernobyl and Three Mile Island before it, but that didn't keep Fukushima from sparking worldwide protests against use of nuclear energy. Concerns in 1986 about the disposal of the byproduct of nuclear power didn't keep us from producing more.

I'm not sure if this is about lessons learned from disaster, harbingers left unheeded, or the acceptable risks of alternative energy demands. But 25 years ago, something big happened and the it took days, weeks, even decades to understand fully what it was. This is a great day to reflect.



1:59 am
April 27, 2011

Kevin Makice

Bloomington, Indiana


posts 49


Following up on one of those issues—disposal …

An MIT study argues for keeping the material available, rather than burying it, to encourage reprocessing.



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