Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection - CLOR, Warsaw, Poland
(former chair of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (1981â€“82) . He was a principal investigator of three research projects of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and of four research projects of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has held posts with the Centre d'Etude Nucleaires near Paris; the Biophysical Group of the Institute of Physics, University of Oslo; the Norwegian Polar Research Institute and the National Institute for Polar Research in Tokyo.)
(4) Psychosomatic disorders and the screening effects were the only detectable health consequences among the general population.
Fighting the panic and mass hysteria could be regarded as the most important countermeasure to protect the public against the effects of a similar accident should it occur again.
(5) This was the worst possible catastrophe of a badly constructed nuclear reactor, with a complete meltdown of the reactor core, followed by the ten-days long completely free emission of radionuclides into the atmosphere. Nothing worse could happen. It resulted in a comparatively small occupational death toll, amounting to about half of that of each weekendâ€™s traffic in Poland, and tens or hundreds of times lower than that of many other industrial catastrophes, and it is unlikely that any fatalities were caused by radiation among the public. In the centuries to come, the Chernobyl catastrophe will be seen as a proof that nuclear power is a safe means of energy production.
Article for publication in NEWSLETTER NO. 30 of the
AUSTRALASIAN RADIATION PROTECTION SOCIETY