Chernobyl: Assessment of Radiological and Health Impacts

2002 Update of Chernobyl: Ten Years On

The international radiological protection community performed a major status review of the situation around the damaged Chernobyl reactor on the 10-year anniversary of the accident. Since then, studies of the accident site and the contaminated territories continue to be undertaken, which have yielded new scientific results and highlighted important social and health aspects. This report is a complete update of the NEA's earlier publication, Chernobyl: Ten Years On. In particular, it offers the reader the most recent information on the significant new experience gained in the areas of emergency management, long-term environmental behaviour of radioactive materials and health effects.

Table of contents

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Executive summary

Chapter I. The site and accident sequence

Chapter II. The release, dispersion, deposition and behaviour of radionuclides

Chapter III. Reactions of national authorities

Chapter IV. Dose estimates

Chapter V. Health impact

Chapter VI. Agricultural and environmental impacts

Chapter VII. Potential residual risks

Chapter VIII. Shutdown of the Chernobyl plant

Chapter IX. Lessons learnt

Explanation of terms

List of acronyms


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Related links

Stakeholders and Radiological Protection: Lessons from Chernobyl Twenty Years After (2006) Le droit nucléaire international après Tchernobyl

International Nuclear Law in the Post-Chernobyl Period Le droit nucléaire international après Tchernobyl (2006)

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