Chernobyl Series, 1970-1989 and undated (bulk 1980s)

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The Chernobyl Series contains materials on the nuclear plant accident of April 26, 1986. Reported to be the worst nuclear disaster in history, the plant in the USSR exploded thereby releasing radiation into the air. This accident caused the United States to take an indepth look at its own nuclear facilities. Roddis collected information on this incident and headed a group that investigated the "N"(Nuclear)-Reactor in Hartford, Washington (same type of plant as in Chernobyl) to see if it was safe. Consists of correspondence, Department of Energy (DOE) memorandums, transcripts of congressional hearings, articles, press releases, reports, photographs, clippings, and briefings on the accident at Chernobyl. Also contains reports, articles, correspondence, and notes from meetings concerning general nuclear safety, public fears of nuclear power, nuclear reactors design, the nature of hydrogen in nuclear plants, nuclear safety in Russia, and effects of the incident on Russia's economy. Two reports found in this series include the "The Accident of Chernobyl and its Consequences" by the USSR State Committee on Utilization of Atomic Energy and "'N'-Reactor Updated Safety Analysis Report" compiled by Roddis's research group. See also AIF series.


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The copyright interests in the Louis H. (Louis Harry) Roddis Papers have not been transferred to Duke University. For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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