Chernobyl – What Have We Learned?

The Successes and Failures to Mitigate Water Contamination over 20 Years

  • Yasuo Onishi
  • Oleg V. Voitsekhovich
  • Mark J. Zheleznyak

Part of the Environmental Pollution book series (EPOL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Yasuo Onishi, Oleg V. Voitsekhovich, Mark J. Zheleznyak
    Pages 1-7
  3. Oleg V. Voitsekhovich, Vladimir Kanivets, Yasuo Onishi
    Pages 9-47
  4. O. V. Voitsekhovich, G. Perepelyatnikov, O. Nasvit, V. Klenus, V. Belyaev, O. Volkova et al.
    Pages 49-85
  5. Vladimir Berkovskiy, Oleg V. Voitsekhovich
    Pages 87-107
  6. I. P. Los’y, I. Segeda, K. Shepelevich, O. V. Voitsekhovich, Yasuo Onishi
    Pages 109-140
  7. Oleg V. Voitsekhovich, Yasuo Onishi
    Pages 141-201
  8. D. A. Bugai, A. S. Skalskiy, S. P. Dzhepo
    Pages 203-245
  9. Yasuo Onishi, Mark J. Zheleznyak, Oleg V. Voitsekhovich
    Pages 247-278
  10. Yasuo Onishi, Oleg V. Voitsekhovich, Mark J. Zheleznyak
    Pages 279-286
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 287-289

About this book


Twenty million people have been exposed to Chernobyl radionuclides through the Dnieper River aquatic pathways.  This book presents a 20-year historical overview and comprehensive study results of the aquatic environment affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.  During this time, many water quality management practices and countermeasures were enacted.  The book presents in-depth analyses of these water remediation actions, using current science and mathematical modeling, and discusses why some were successful, but many others failed. The chapter entitled Where Do We Go From Here? incorporates a comprehensive discussion of the planned New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure to cover the Chernobyl plant. The book closes with a summary and conclusions drawn from these analyses, making it a valuable reference tool for the future.

This book will be of interest to engineers, scientists, decision-makers, and those involved in radiation protection and radioecology, environmental protection and risk assessment, water remediation and mitigation measures, and radioactive waste disposal.

In addition, the detailed, almost day-to-day, emergency responses to the Chernobyl accident described in this book will also be useful to people developing emergency and long-term responses to accidental or intentional (by terrorists) releases of radionuclides, toxic chemicals and biological agents.


Aquatic Environmental Assessment Chernobyl Chernobyl Lessons Learned Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Fresh water Groundwater Radiation Protection Water Remediation ecology environment safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Yasuo Onishi
    • 1
  • Oleg V. Voitsekhovich
    • 2
  • Mark J. Zheleznyak
    • 3
  1. 1.Washington State UniversityRichlandUSA
  2. 2.Ukrainian Hydrometeorological InstituteKievUkraine
  3. 3.Ukrainian Center of Environmental and Water ProjectsKievUkraine

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