Thirty-five or so years after the Windscale accident its exact initiating cause remains uncertain, as appeared from Chapter 8. More, and conclusive, evidence may be found when the planned dismantling of the two piles is completed. The accident was almost certainly inevitable. It was undoubtedly salutary, and its ill-effects were very much less than they might have been. It was, fortuitously, timely. It marked the end of an era.
KeywordsNuclear Accident Defence Programme Wind Scale Radioactive Waste Repository Pile Core
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