Technology and Engineering
  • ISSN: 2333-2581
  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering

Happenstance and the Pattern: The Historical Reenactment of the Chernobyl Disaster Causes


Vasilij Begun, and S. Begun

Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine


Abstract: The most known versions of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) accident root causes in 1986 are analyzed. There are a lot of versions that are still discussed at the different levels of the information space. Three official versions of root causes identified by the nuclear and radiation safety authorities and six most popular from the moment of the accident till now versions of root causes proposed by famous scientists and supported by scientific research institutes are considered at this work. The main purpose of this article is not to refute the discussed versions but to find out the possibilities of the Chernobyl NPP personnel influence on the events sequence during the accident. The fact that at all versions of the Chernobyl NPP accident root causes personnel had no possibility to act by alternative way is noticed by authors. In other words, among the remainder root causes that are discussed in this article there are no root causes with the personnel’s direct guilt. The issue of shifting blame away from the personnel is consequently raised. The clarification of the Chernobyl NPP root cause is formulated by authors as an important scientific and socio-political issue.


Key words: accident, root cause, chernobyl NPP, personnel, error analysis






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