Energy is an invaluable resource for most of the world. The capabilities we have with this power is astounding, but with this power must come the respect of its handling. During the cold war in soviet Russia, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was providing the resources of energy throughout the area. On April 26, 1986, the decisions made by Deputy chief engineer Dyatlov and his night staff will bring about one of the worst nuclear incidents in human history.
The Chernobyl disaster was the “result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel” and “the resulting lack of any safety culture” (World Nuclear Association). The incident was made possible due to a test on reactor number 4. “The Immediate cause of the Chernobyl accident was a mismanaged electrical-engineering experiment. Engineers with no knowledge of reactor physics were interested to see if they could draw electricity from the turbine generator of the Number 4 reactor unit to run water pumps during an emergency when the turbine was no longer being driven by the reactor but was spinning inertially” (Frontline).
Deputy chief engineer Dyatlov pressured the staff to continue with the experiment even with the signs of energy levels not meeting the requirements to run the test properly. Even though the other staff protested, engineer Grigori Medvedev stating that he “should of waited…But he [had an experiment to conduct and he] was unwilling to stop… He ordered an immediate increase in the power of the reactor” which all the staff complied with.(Frontline). On top of starting the test with dangerous conditions, All safety devices and shutdown systems were put offline so the could not interrupt the experiment. (Lallanilla). ...
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...hing would have halted and Dyatlov would have been forced to reconsider. I know that their jobs were prestigious and well paying, but that is because they should be burdened with the responsibility that goes with it. Anyone in their right mind would not condem an entire country to a nuclear fallout just to keep their job. By lacking in this virtue, that is exactly what they did.
“The design of the plant placed a heavy dependence on adherence to administrative controls and procedures for safe operation. However, the plant operators did not demonstrate adequate understanding of the safety implications of their action”(EFO Staff). It is not enough to know what actions are right and when you should do them. You must have the unchanging character to follow through and be virtuous. The personnel have to atone for their recklessness that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
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