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Title: Analysis of the alleged Kyshtym disaster

Abstract

The alleged Kyshtym disaster has been an intriguing intelligence puzzle for almost 25 years. Zhores Medvedev, a Soviet dissident, has written numerous journal articles as well as two books on the subject. He has argued that a vast contaminated area exists east of the city of Kyshtym in the southern Ural Mountains. Further, he has alleged that a nuclear waste disposal accident in 1957 to 1958 caused the contamination. The authors of this report are in partial disagreement with Medvedev's first allegation and in complete disagreement with his second. A contaminated area does exist east of Kyshtym, but Soviet carelessness coupled with general disregard for the citizenry and the environment are the prime causative factors, not a nuclear waste accident.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5254763
Report Number(s):
LA-9217-MS
ON: DE82008751; TRN: 82-015702
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; FUEL REPROCESSING PLANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; USSR; LAND POLLUTION; WATER POLLUTION; ACCIDENTS; CONTAMINATION; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PLUTONIUM; PRODUCTION; SPENT FUELS; ACTINIDES; ASIA; EASTERN EUROPE; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; EUROPE; FUELS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; METALS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR FUELS; POLLUTION; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTOR MATERIALS; TRANSURANIUM ELEMENTS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; WEAPONS; 053000* - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects; 510500 - Environment, Terrestrial- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989); 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 050800 - Nuclear Fuels- Spent Fuels Reprocessing

Citation Formats

Soran, D.M., and Stillman, D.B. Analysis of the alleged Kyshtym disaster. United States: N. p., 1982. Web. doi:10.2172/5254763.
Soran, D.M., & Stillman, D.B. Analysis of the alleged Kyshtym disaster. United States. doi:10.2172/5254763.
Soran, D.M., and Stillman, D.B. Fri . "Analysis of the alleged Kyshtym disaster". United States. doi:10.2172/5254763. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5254763.
@article{osti_5254763,
title = {Analysis of the alleged Kyshtym disaster},
author = {Soran, D.M. and Stillman, D.B.},
abstractNote = {The alleged Kyshtym disaster has been an intriguing intelligence puzzle for almost 25 years. Zhores Medvedev, a Soviet dissident, has written numerous journal articles as well as two books on the subject. He has argued that a vast contaminated area exists east of the city of Kyshtym in the southern Ural Mountains. Further, he has alleged that a nuclear waste disposal accident in 1957 to 1958 caused the contamination. The authors of this report are in partial disagreement with Medvedev's first allegation and in complete disagreement with his second. A contaminated area does exist east of Kyshtym, but Soviet carelessness coupled with general disregard for the citizenry and the environment are the prime causative factors, not a nuclear waste accident.},
doi = {10.2172/5254763},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1982},
month = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1982}
}

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