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- - What Have We Learned From Three-Mile Island After 17 Years Implications for Future Chernobyls Today in our energy hungry world the reliance on nuclear power is getting larger and larger Nuclear power is on top of the list of forms of power available to generate electricities in the quantities forms and reliability needed as we head towards the 21st centuryCurrent operating nuclear plants number approximately 430 through out 26 countries 1 Nuclear energy production will grow an average of 33 to 42 PER YEAR worldwide from 1988-2005 IAEA News briefs Sept1989 Though we have experienced if not the worst technogenic environmental disaster of the 20th century ten years ago - Chernobyl together with the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island seventeen years ago most people today give only passing thoughts to the issue of nuclear safety worldwideThese two cases are only mere examples of the ominous potential for accidents of great magnitude within such nuclear plants worldwide 2 It is vital that we understand both the logic and outcomes of such disasters Today 10 years latereffects of Chernobyl are still hazardous and have been detected all over the world Belarus a country most affected by historys worst nuclear disaster does not even have a nuclear plant The radiation released from Chernobyl was 200 times more than that of the combined releases of the atom bombs that annihilated Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 3 Due to prevailing winds 25 percent of the land in Belarus is uninhabitable All normal life has stopped there people are afraid to move stay marry and afraid to have families The costs of the accidents after-effects are monumental resettlement of people affected medical and clean-up costs are just a few on the priority list The problem lies in ignorance of interactions between human engineering organizational and managerial factors of such a system In most cases human error is customarily cited as a major cause of
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