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MIME 221 Engineering Professional Practice The Chernobyl Accident. Gabriel MALCA 260078975 April 5, 2007
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On April 26, 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union exploded, creating the worst nuclear accident to this day. However, what blew up the reactor was not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of ethics. Every system put in place to manage important resources, regardless of its size, is only as effective and safe as determined by a single or multiple decision makers. This paper argues that most, if not all systems with safety regulations that were designed by or involve critical human interaction, have their safety governed by the ethics of those in charge. The operators of Chernobyl conducted an unauthorized test in which they carried out a reactor shut-down in order to observe the length in time that the turbines would continue to generate power while spinning under their own momentum. The authorities in
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