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Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Key Documents CD-ROM Released


Los Angeles, CA - BACM Research has announced the release of a CD-ROM containing a collection of thousands of pages of United States government documents related to the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. The collection includes material from the CIA, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Congress, GAO, and U.S. government foreign press monitoring files.

The CD-ROM is now available on at

On Sunday April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, reactor #4 exploded. For the 25 years from 1986 to 2011, this incident has been referred to as the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident.

The ongoing event at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has renewed interest in past disasters such as Kyshtym, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl.

Until The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan and the Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) announced on April 12, 2011 that it was raising the crisis level to 7, Chernobyl was the only incident ranked a 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

These documents give a 25 year overview of the social, environmental, health, and political ramifications of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The 25 year aftermath of Chernobyl may foretell the events that will be experienced by Japan and the world.

Documents on the CD-ROM include:


CIA files dating from 1971 to 1991. The files cover the Soviet Union’s atomic energy program; The effect of the Chernobyl accident on the Soviet nuclear power program; and the social and political ramifications of the accident in the Soviet Union.

A 1981 report covers the less publicized Soviet nuclear “accident” near Kyshtym in 1957-58.

Media reporting of a nuclear accident near Kyshtym first appeared in 1958. It was not until 1976, when the writings of Soviet dissent Dr. Zhores Medvedev began to appear, that wider attention was given to this subject. Medvedev, an exiled Soviet geneticist, claimed in several articles and books that a “disaster” occurred near Kyshtym in 1957/58. He alleged that thousands of casualties and widespread, long-term radioactive contamination occurred as the result of an explosion involving nuclear waste stored in underground shelters.

The general consensus today is that a combination of events, rather than a single isolated incident at Kyshtym nuclear energy complex caused the radioactive contamination in the area. A study of the claims by Medvedev can be found on the CD-ROM, in the Department of Energy section, in the 1982 report “An Analysis of the Alleged Kyshtym Disaster.”


Hundreds of pages of foreign media monitoring reports from 1986 to 1992, produced by the U.S. government’s National Technical Information Service’s U.S. Joint Publication Research Service. They contain information primarily from Russian and Eastern Block news agency transmissions and broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, television, radio and books. Materials from non-English language sources are translated into English.

The reporting includes firsthand accounts of experiences during all points of the Chernobyl disaster. Topics covering the accident and its aftermath including domestic and international politics, sociological affairs, nuclear plant fire, evacuations, sealing the reactor, cleanup mobilization, health implications, and people returning to region.


Reports dating from 1982 to 2009, produced or commissioned by the Department of Energy. The agencies and institutions contributing to these reports include Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest Laboratory.

Highlights include:

The 1986 Report of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Team Analyses of the Chernobyl-4 Atomic Energy Station Accident Sequence DOE/NE-0076.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) formed a team of experts from Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The DOE team provided the analytical support to the U.S. delegation for the August, 1986 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and to subsequent international meetings. The DOE team analyzed the accident in detail, assessed the plausibility and completeness of the information provided by the Soviets, and performed studies relevant to understanding the accident.

The 1987 report Radioactive Fallout from the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Accident

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory performed a variety of measurements to determine the level of the radioactive fallout on the western United States. The laboratory used gamma-spectroscopy to analyze air filters from the areas around Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Filters were also analyzed from Barrow and Fairbanks, Alaska. Milk from California and imported vegetables were also analyzed for radioactivity.

Other report titles include: An Analysis of the Alleged Kyshtym Disaster; Workshop on Short-term Health Effects of Reactor Accidents; Preliminary Dose Assessment of the Chernobyl Accident; Internally Deposited Fallout from the Chernobyl Reactor Accident; Report on the Accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station; Radioactive Fallout from the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Accident; Radioactivity in Persons Exposed to Fallout from the Chernobyl Reactor Accident’ Radioactive Fallout in Livermore, CA and Central Northern Alaska from the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Accident; Projected Global Health Impacts from Severe Nuclear Accidents - Conversion of Projected Doses to Risks on a Global Scale - Experience From Chernobyl Releases; The Chernobyl Accident - Causes and Consequences; Chernobyl Lessons Learned Review of N Reactor; Reconstruction of Thyroid Doses for the Population of Belarus Following the Chernobyl Accident; The characterization and risk assessment of the Red Forest radioactive waste burial site at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant; Estimated Long Term Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident; and Environmental Problems Associated With Decommissioning the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Pond.


Reports dating from 1990 to 2010 produced or commissioned by the Department of Defense.

The reports include: Chernobyl Accident Fatalities and Causes; Biomedical Lessons from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident; Nuclear Accidents in the Former Soviet Union Kyshtym, Chelyabinsk and Chernobyl; Retrospective Reconstruction of Radiation Doses of Chernobyl Liquidators by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance; Neurocognitive and Physical Abilities Assessments Twelve Years After the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident; Simulating Wet Deposition of Radiocesium from the Chernobyl Accident; and Radiation Injuries After the Chernobyl Accident Management, Outcome, and Lessons Learned.


Reports from the United States General Accounting Office, whose name was later changed to the Government Accountability Office. The four reports are Comparison of DOE’s Hanford N-Reactor with the Chernobyl Reactor (1986); Nuclear Power Safety International Measures in Response to Chernobyl Accident (1988); Nuclear Power Safety Chernobyl Accident Prompted Worldwide Actions but Further Efforts Needed (1991); and Construction of the Protective Shelter for the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Faces Schedule Delays, Potential Cost Increases, and Technical Uncertainties (2007).


Transcripts from three Congressional hearings: The Chernobyl Accident Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Ninety-ninth Congress, 2nd session on the Chernobyl accident and implications for the domestic nuclear industry, June 19, 1986; The Effects of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant hearing before the Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, July 22, 1992; and The legacy of Chernobyl, 1986 to 1996 and beyond hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Fourth Congress, second session, April 23, 1996.

The CD-ROM is now available on at

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