Chernobyl Disaster (1986)

The disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine shocked the world and gained widespread publicity in the media.
HOWEVER
Already eight years earlier, Western experts had warned on the use of this reactor type.
Thus, the accident did not come as a real surprise to professionals outside the Soviet Union.

  • This reactor type (RBMK) is physically unstable and, unlike other reactors, it will not automatically adjust if the load is too high or too low.
  • Despite persistent claims, this reactor was not protected by a proper (western) reactor containment.
    Such a containment is an about two meters thick reinforced concrete construction and is the last defense against the release of radioactive material.
  • It was possible for the operators to bypass the automatic safety systems and thus “play with the reactor”.
  • Several vital safety systems were deliberately switched off during
    an experiment that allegedly was forced through by the
    “Politically responsible”.
  • All indications point in the direction of Xenon-poisoning, not being understood or being neglected.

The disaster would probably have been avoided if only one of these, elementary safety measures had been in place.

The Media

As might be expected.
All this had lille interest for the majority of the media.
Shortly after the accident it could be heard in the Danish television that there were 1,000 dead and that satellite images showed dead bodies on the streets and dead animals in the fields.
It was added that these figures could be higher.
A look at any ordinary medical manual would have shown that even if you get a lethal dose of ionizing radiation, still it will take some time before you get symptoms and thus not ‘just’ lay down to die on the street.

At the accident itself there were only 5 who died.
They were not found dead on the streets.
Later 26 more died, most rescue workers who died from burns and radiation.
There were nine others who died of thyroid cancer.
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Of course it must be remembered – – –

Due to lack of reactor containment the graphite continued to burn for two weeks and spread much radioactivity into the atmosphere.
Yet this accident was far form being as serious as the accident at Bhopal, where several thousand people died and many more others suffered serious injuries.

Plutonium

This reactor type has never been considered outside the old Soviet Union.
Of course you will ask:
“Why did they built such a dangerous reactor?”
The answer can be seen as a combination of the following:

  • When the Cold War was at its height, there was a great desire to produce plutonium for nuclear bombs.
    The more the better.
  • In this period, military demands often took priority over safety.
    Probably most of the Soviet Union.

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  • A proper reactor containment (1) and (2) is expensive and for this type of reactor it would have more than doubled the cost.
  • Although an ordinary reactor has plutonium as a by-product, this plutonium is contaminated by anothere isotope, which makes it inapplicable for nuclear bombs .
  • To produce plutonium of ‘weapons-grade’, the Chernobyl type is probably the only type that can simultaneously produce electricity.
    – – – In “The West” plutonium of ‘weapons-grade’ is produced in
    – – – special reactors without co-production of electricity.

I still remember being told:
“These reactors are made by the people, for the people and not for profit.”
“Unlike US reactors they are safe.”

Here I will take the chance to mention that plutonium is far from being
“The most dangerous material known to mankind.”
Let us bring one more of the “green lies” down where it should be:
Back in the bottle.

Later

After the accident, there was not distributed iodine tablets.
Perhaps because it was believed that the accident could be kept hidden.
However, it was not long before the West, using presise measurements, got clarity on the accident.
This was obviously trumpeted by anti-nuclear activists.

  • It took a long time before you forgot the “information” about the 1000 dead on the streets.
    Of course, it was never denied.
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  • On the other hand, it soon became an undeniable fact that this reactor,  by chance the only one in the Soviet Union, was protected by a conventional reactor containment.
    Satellite images were dismissed as forgery.
  • Slowly the media changed to report about the terrible effects of ionizing radiation.
    Thus it was quickly “found” a greatly increased incidence of various cancers.
    This should be seen in connection with that cancer from radiation, as well as from smoking or asbestos, can not be detected before a “waiting period” (latency period) between 5 and 20 years.
    Less for leukemia or thyroid cancer.

Obviously it was bypassed that, despite countless horror stories, there is very little correlation between cancer and radiation.

  • To “be sure” the authorities in Western Europe introduced unrealistically low limits on permissible pollution.
    Thus, it was necessary to destroy huge amounts of good meat.
    Both reindeer in Lapland and wild boar in Germany.
  • Contrary to all expectations and countless conspiracy theories, there has never been any cases of hereditary damage among children born of parents who had been exposed to radiation.
    Not even in Japan where people were exposed to much more radiation after the nuclear bombs.
  • Yet, one can still see how the media talks about mis-schabed children and collect money for the “poor children from Chernobyl”.
  • However, we know that for children who were irradiated during pregnancy, it can result in death-births and horrible defects.
    This was seen after the nuclear bomb attacks on Japan, but not at Chernobyl.
  • Except for rescue workers, of whom 26 died, there have been no cases of radiation sickness.
    (Even after being exposed to about 500 mSv – more than 100 times what is usually allowed – and getting minor symptoms of radiation sickness, one need not be afraid of reduced lifespan.)

AND NOW Dyr ved Tjernobyo

For years, both animals and plants have thrived in the forbidden zone that is closed to humans.
May be it is not that terribly terribly dangerous.

If you search a little on the net you will easily find a thorough overview of the incident.
Halfway down you can find a table with terrifying figures for pollution.
OK
There was much radioactive contamination associated with the disaster.
BUT
If you see how “back-movers” (Babushkas) live happily in areas contaminated with 555 kBq/m^2
Yes so – Then the numbers suddenly become not quite so horrifying.

But

– – – No matter how it gets distorted and exaggerated.
– – – No matter how many future deaths, are predicted.
– – – No matter how many possible and impossible conspiracy theories.

This serious accident is nothing compared to the pollution we ‘just’ accept:
– More than 2,000 deaths in coal mines – each year.
– Over two million died because of air pollution.
– A looming climate catastrophe.

A major part of this could have been avoided if we at an early stage had expanded use of nuclear power, instead of being against.

Late and not even necessary

November 2016 it is announced with pride that now we have completed a sarcophagus which is a masterpiece of engineering and waste of money.
Long after the radioactivity had subsided you have to show how to protect against a non-existent danger.

Amazing assertions

  • Greenpeace has been promoting and explained that the radiation resulting from the Chernobyl disaster was 100 times more than from the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    See the realities on http://wp.me/p1RKWc-mu
  • Perhaps the record is reached with “information” about 7 million future deaths.
    One is tempted to say that if we wait long enough, so we will be dead all of us.
  • In spite of experience from Hiroshima, but maybe to find money for nonexistent orphanages, we are showed countless pictures of misshabed children.
  • Here I can continue.
  • Of course there are the usual conspiracy theories:
    “The hidden truth is – – – “

Decades of misinformation and fear of anything containing the word “nuclear” has a strong grip on the media.
Thus, a sober assessment from BBC: Chernobyl’s “nuclear nightmares” (2006) was quickly drowned out by the usual urban legends.

What we learned from the accident?

First of all we got more openness about safety and launched sweeping improvements on other similar reactors.
As it is apparent from the above, the well-being of the animals showed that even relatively high doses of radiation will not be harmful.

But strictly speaking, it was also learned that this very serious accident on a hopelessly irresponsible reactor did not cause even a fraction of the damage that has been trumpeted in the media.

Unfortunately it proved impossible for the media to understand
how Greenpeace’s credibility is a myth when you see the following:
“It is now more than 20 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident that affected millions of people in western Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
The disaster was the fault of a hundred times more radiation than the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today, over twenty years later, the nightmare continues for thousands of people. “
My assessment: See here here

This obvious forgery is repeated many times and at many other places.
For example here,
where you can find the following:
“Meanwhile, the Belarus national academy of sciences estimates 93,000 deaths so far and 270,000 cancers, and the Ukrainian national commission for radiation protection calculates 500,000 deaths so far.”
The above calculations are clearly based on the LNT hypothesis.
However, this hypothesis has long time ago given way to reality, but clearly not to horror-stories.
An assessment can be found a bit down on another page.

Radiation Sickness

In the media we find so much, clearly falsified “information” about radiation sickness.
If you are not tired, you can see more at another post: http://wp.me/p1RKWc-Du

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