25 years since Chernobyl | The 1986 Butterfly | Forum

 
You must be logged in to post Login


Lost Your Password?

Search Forums:


 






Minimum search word length is 4 characters – Maximum search word length is 84 characters
Wildcard Usage:
*  matches any number of characters    %  matches exactly one character

25 years since Chernobyl

UserPost

8:43 am
April 26, 2011


Kevin Makice

Bloomington, Indiana

Admin

posts 49

1

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.

 

http://www.physorg.com/news/20…..japan.html

1:59 am
April 27, 2011


Kevin Makice

Bloomington, Indiana

Admin

posts 49

2

Following up on one of those issues—disposal …

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

http://www.technologyreview.co…..s&a=f



 

Comments are closed.