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Title: Expedition to the 30-km Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the Utilization of its Experience in Education and Communication

Between May 28 - June 4, 2005, under the organization of the Hungarian Nuclear Society (HNS) and the Hungarian Young Generation Network (HYGN) - which operates within the framework of the HNS - a scientific expedition visited the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the surrounding exclusion zone. The participants were young Hungarian nuclear professionals supervised by more experienced experts. The main scientific goals of the expedition were the followings: Get personal experiences in a direct way about the current status of the Chernobyl Power Plant and its surroundings, the contamination of the environment and about the doses. Gather information about the state of the shut down power plant and the shelter built above the damaged 4. unit. Training of young nuclear experts by performing on site measurements. The Hungarian expedition successfully achieved its objectives by performing wide-range of environmental and dosimetric measurements and collecting numerous biological and soil samples. Within the 30-km exclusion zone the influence of the accident occurred 20 years ago still could be measured clearly; however the level of the radioactivity is manageable in most places. The dosimetric measurements showed that no considerable exposure occurred among the members of the expedition. The analysis of samples has beenmore » started at the International Chernobyl Center in Slavutich. During the expedition not only environmental sampling and in-situ measurements were carried out but it was also well documented with photos and video recordings for educational, training and PR purposes. A documentary TV film was recorded during the expedition. The first-hand knowledge acquired during the expedition helps the authentic communication of the accident and its present-day consequences, which is especially important in 2006, 20 years after the Chernobyl accident. Since Ukraine and Hungary are neighbor countries the media constantly discuss the accident, the consequences and the risks of using nuclear energy. In addition in November 2005 Hungary's parliament approved plans to extend the lifetime of the country's four-unit nuclear power plant. In order to have the crucial public support for nuclear energy it is very important to dispel unrealistic dismay and misbelieves regarding these questions. Thus it is extremely beneficial to have a film on this topic created by nuclear professionals especially for the public audience. In 2005 a book on the Chernobyl accident was published in Hungary that covers this expedition in a full chapter [2]. We plan to present the film to the audience of the conference. (authors)« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Institute of Nuclear Techniques, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 1521 Budapest (Hungary)
  2. Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, Nuclear Safety Directorate, H-1539 Budapest, P.O. Box 676 (Hungary)
  3. KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, H-1525 Budapest 114, P.O.B. 49. (Hungary)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20995675
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 14. international conference on nuclear engineering (ICONE 14), Miami, FL (United States), 17-20 Jul 2006; Other Information: Country of input: France
Publisher:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME, New York (United States)
Research Org:
The ASME Foundation, Inc., Three Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016-5990 (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; ACCIDENTS; CHERNOBYLSK-4 REACTOR; COMMUNICATIONS; CONTAMINATION; ENVIRONMENT; HAZARDS; HUNGARY; INFORMATION; NUCLEAR ENERGY; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RADIATION DOSES; RADIOACTIVITY; SAMPLING; SHELTERS; SOILS; TRAINING; ZONES