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Health Phys. 2009 Nov;97(5 Suppl):S169-79. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3181b765fa.

Nuclear plant emergency preparedness in Russia.

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, USA.


An international team of experts conducted a detailed operational review at the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant. The review was the first mission by an International Atomic Energy Agency Operational Safety Review Team to Russia in over a decade. The author reviewed the emergency preparedness program in detail. Emergency preparedness professionals in the West are largely unfamiliar with Russian nuclear plant emergency preparedness programs, and the legacy of Chernobyl may leave some doubt as to their efficacy. This article describes the program in some detail and compares some elements to programs in the United States. The author was favorably impressed with the state of nuclear plant emergency preparedness in the Russian Federation and identified program elements that should be considered for implementation elsewhere.

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