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Chernobyl – Then and Now – The Geological Society Evening Seminar
November 20, 2018 -6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr Ian Crossland, Specialist Consultant in Radioactive Waste Management
Date: 20th November 2018
Venue:The Hub, Aztec West, Bristol.
Time: Refreshments at 6pm for 6:30pm Start
The Western Regional Group is pleased to welcome Ian Crossland who is a materials scientist and self-employed consultant, with knowledge and experience covering most aspects of nuclear power. This year he celebrated 50 years’ work in the nuclear industry. For the past 25 years he has specialised in decommissioning and radioactive waste management with a particular interest in the long-term safety of radioactive waste disposal.
He has been working in Ukraine since 2007, helping to solve the problems of its nuclear liabilities; these include Chernobyl, wastes from still-operating nuclear power plants and disused uranium production facilities. The Chernobyl disaster occurred on the 25th - 26th April 1986 near the now abandoned town of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, then part of the USSR. A combination of events during a late night safety test resulted in a destructive explosion and open air graphite fire causing radioactive material to fall onto parts of western USSR and Europe. The Chernobyl catastrophe is considered to be the most disastrous nuclear accident in history, in terms of both cost and casualties.
This presentation will include a wide ranging and up to date discussion of the Chernobyl catastrophe, including the following:
• the circumstances leading up to the 1986 catastrophe
• the post-accident measures and their impact
• ongoing and future work to make the destroyed reactor safe
• the scientific controversies surrounding the number of deaths attributable to the accident and theimpact of the resulting contamination on the wildlife of the exclusion zone.
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