Book Review Nuke Info Tokyo No. 91
Imanaka T., ed. 2001. “Recent Research Activities about the Chernobyl NPP Accident in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.” Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University. KURRI-KR-79 (ISSN 1342-0852)
Sixteen years have passed since the accident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant. However, many issues remained unresolved such as the nature of the reaction process from its runaway nuclear reaction leading to the explosion, the degree of contamination around the area soon after the accident, and the amount of radiation exposures. It is also necessary to continue to examine long-term health conditions caused by the accident, e.g. the increasing incidence of thyroid cancer among the people. Dr. Tetsuji Imanaka, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI) has many times visited the affected area to examine the situation after the accident and exchanged opinions concerning the effects of the accident with researchers who have done significant work, some of whom Dr. Imanaka requested to write articles about their work. The report consists of five sections: the physical process (three articles), the radioactive contamination (six articles), the assessment of exposure dose (four articles), health effects and epidemiology (five articles), and radiation biology (four articles). It was published as an English technical report from the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.
The report is available as a PDF file at the following URL: www-j.rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/NSRG/reports/kr79/KURRI-KR-79