The Children of Chernobyl: Engineers and the Campaign for Safety in Soviet-designed Reactors in Central and Eastern Europe

  title={The Children of Chernobyl: Engineers and the Campaign for Safety in Soviet-designed Reactors in Central and Eastern Europe},
  author={Thomas Raymond Wellock},
  journal={History and Technology},
  pages={3 - 32}
  • T. Wellock
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • History and Technology
The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident and the end of the Cold War led to a campaign by the United States and Western Europe to improve the safety of Soviet-designed reactors in the former communist bloc and to close older reactor models that could not be raised to Western safety standards. This article explores how the engineers who collaborated across the former Cold-War divide dealt with reactor safety questions and how their solutions influenced international safety frameworks and… 
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