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The economic costs have also been high, with Mikhail Gorbachev claiming the Soviet Union spent 18 billion rubles on containment and decontamination, virtually bankrupting itself, and costs are still ongoing. There are fears that because of these economic costs the world could be sleepwalking into another disaster. The long-term plan for the containment of reactor four is the New Safe Confinement (NSC), a 20,000-ton steel arch intended to prevent any radiation leakage into the environment for the next 100 years.
The plant may have been highly effective at generating power, but safety concerns had been raised. The four reactors were of the Soviet RBMK design, which produced both plutonium and electric power. This meant that they were different from standard commercial designs, as they employed a unique combination of a graphite moderator and water coolant. Adding to these safety concerns, the reactors were unstable at low power, primarily owing to control-rod design. In 1986 the Soviet Union was an ‘interesting’ place.
Gnawing the flesh off corpses lying unattended in Chinese streets; all from a country that was supposedly producing 596 million tons of grain a year. Mao was convinced it was everyone else’s fault. He blamed the provincial officials for not following his reforms closely enough, then for following them too rigidly. He blamed the Party in 1959 when he sensed that the officials were starting to move away from him, which after the Leap’s failure was becoming glaringly obvious. ” A new anti-fascist campaign was launched by Mao, which purged anyone who wasn’t feeding him the lies he wanted to hear.
All About History: The World’s Worst Disasters