Safety in the Soviet Nuclear Power Industry

  • David R. Marples


The Chernobyl accident has raised many questions about the safety levels at Soviet nuclear power plants and related installations. In view of these queries and the obvious problems at Ukrainian nuclear stations in particular, it is necessary to discuss briefly the general situation throughout the Soviet Union. Do Soviet nuclear power plants constitute an ecological hazard, particularly in the European part of the country? Was Chernobyl a result or symptom of a malaise in the industry as a whole, in which workers at nuclear plants are facing everyday dangers, or was it rather a unique chance occurrence, which, logically, should never have occurred, given the safety mechanisms already in place?


Nuclear Power Plant Nuclear Plant Heating Plant Deputy Minister Soviet Authority 
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© David R. Marples 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Marples
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  1. 1.Canadian Institute of Ukrainian StudiesUniversity of AlbertaCanada

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