Web site concept
publishing of independent scientifically validated information about the
Chernobyl accident has called essential changes not only in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, but also in the whole world. It is a ring bell for reviewing of the balance in nuclear risk perception by society. The international regulation on radiation protection, national strategies concerning development of nuclear power, strengthening of nuclear safety, radioactive waste management have been revised. 20 years after is a right time to consider efficiency of these measures in the world, to make it in anniversary of Chernobyl accident and to initiate an opportunity to international community to discuss these difficult issue.
This accident has been used, and is still used, as one of the key element of public mistrust "vis a vis" both the political and the scientific communities.
The scale of the material losses and the financial cost of mitigating the consequences of the Chernobyl accident provide compelling evidence of the extremely high price of errors and shortcomings when ensuring the safety of nuclear power plants and of the need for strict compliance with international safety requirements during their design, construction and operation.
The accident has convincingly demonstrated that the cost of ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities is significantly lower than that of dealing with accident consequences. Large-scale man-made accidents cause great social and economic damage to countries located in their area of influence.
In the spirit of UN
Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making
and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus
Convention) it has been decided to develop and deploy a international
scientific network for dissemination and publishing in web site scientifically
validated information about the consequences of Chernobyl disaster. The
Web site is address to various categories of targets (public of different levels of education, decision-makers, scientists, associations, governmental authorities and concerned international organizations, etc.).
· Providing to the public, political decision makers and the scientific community through a Web site, an open access to internationally scientifically validated information regarding scientific data relating to consequences of Chernobyl accident;
Developing and deploying an international network for
permanent collection, validation and presentation of information regarding
· Strengthening the international collaboration on research and verification of nuclear risk.
An International Scientific Council
(ISC) chaired by EUR-OPA of Council of
The main objective of the web site
is to provide to general public, scientists, and decision-makers independent
scientifically validated information about the consequences of
This action developing along three axes:
· collection of information
· validation of information by an international scientific council (ISC)
· publishing of the relevant information in formats adapted and understandable by a large public.
Unique experience of
After the 1986
The Exclusion Zone can be compared to a nuclear site, largely contaminated, and includes numerous nuclear installations: Sarcophagus, radioactive waste storage, and nuclear reactors units 1, 2 and 3 which were shutdown. In addition to these facilities, a spent nuclear fuel interim storage plant is building so as a radioactive (low and medium activities) liquid effluent reprocessing plant and a radioactive (low and medium activities) solid waste packaging plant will be build.
The Exclusion Zone is the most highly contaminated area and the largest source of radiation hazard to the surrounding populated areas. Thanks, moreover, to its natural and man-made barriers it has - and in future will continue to have - the important protective function of preventing the migration of radionuclides beyond its boundaries. Continuing activities to study, support and strengthen the barrier function of the Exclusion Zone remains the most important focus of international efforts to minimise the accident's consequences.
The Web site is an important tool for public, media and authorities information about nuclear and radiological hazard.