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Taming the nuclear monster. Nuclear disasters of the century. Historical sketch. Section 9.9 The special operations of the MoD task force.

When the task force was first formed, it was, right from the start, necessary to solve really important problems relating to the assessment of the radiation situation on the industrial area of the NPP both on the instructions of the Government committee and at the request of the other agencies participating in assessing the condition of the reactor and liquidating the consequences of the disaster. A participant in one of these land-air operations, captain (in 1986) of the MoD’s... READ MORE

Taming the monster. Article in Resilience. Journal of the Emergency Planning Society Summer 2016.

“….At first, we had no protective clothing, no respirators, and no iodine tablets. Even for the first flight above the reactor, we were obliged to fly without protective clothing but in military uniform, with no gas masks or respirators and without first taking a potassium iodide tablet. Chaos reigned, there was indifference at all levels of management, which was out of its depth. Orders had to be followed or it would mean a Court Martial. The Supervisors and Commanders issued... READ MORE