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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter I. THE SITE AND ACCIDENT SEQUENCE
  • The site
  • The RBMK-1000 reactor
  • Events leading to the accident
  • The accident
  • The graphite fire

Chapter II. THE RELEASE, DISPERSION AND DEPOSITION OF RADIONUCLIDES

  • The source term
  • Atmospheric releases
  • Chemical and physical forms
  • Dispersion and deposition
  • Within the former Soviet Union
  • Outside the former Soviet Union

Chapter III. REACTIONS OF NATIONAL AUTHORITIES

  • Within the former Soviet Union
  • Outside the former Soviet Union

Chapter IV. DOSE ESTIMATES

  • The liquidators
  • The evacuees from the 30-km zone
  • Doses to the thyroid gland
  • Whole-body doses
  • People living in the contaminated areas
  • Doses to the thyroid gland
  • Whole-body doses
  • Populations outside the former Soviet Union

Chapter V. HEALTH IMPACT

  • Acute health effects
  • Late health effects
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Other late health effects
  • Other studies
  • Psychological effects
  • Within the former Soviet Union
  • Outside the former Soviet Union

Chapter VI. AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

  • Agricultural impact
  • Within the former Soviet Union
  • Within Europe
  • Environmental impact
  • Forests
  • Water bodies

Chapter VII. POTENTIAL RESIDUAL RISKS

  • The Sarcophagus
  • Radioactive waste storage sites

Chapter VIII. LESSONS LEARNED

  • Operational aspects
  • Scientific and technical aspects

EXPLANATION OF TERMS

LIST OF ACRONYMS

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