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Nuclear technology safety and prevention of radioactive terrorism

Bai, Heng (2015) Nuclear technology safety and prevention of radioactive terrorism. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Nuclear technology is widely used nowadays. However, this technology is not flawless. First, waste and radiation are threats to both environment and human life. Second, the chance of nuclear event is a safety issue. From the Chernobyl Disaster of Soviet Union, 1986, to Fukushima Disaster of Japan, 2013, the destroying power of such accidents is tremendous. What’s more, it is possible that nuclear materials be used as weapons of radioactive terrorism. Dirty bombs, concealed radiation exposure devices and even atomic bombs are examples of such attack. Nuclear events are likely to cause huge impacts on public health. They increase the risk of cancer and psychological disorders; they bring about chaos and panic to people living in the affected area. Because of the adverse consequences of nuclear events and radioactive terrorism, governments and the general public should possess some basic skills of prevention and be prepared for emergencies. This essay is mainly written for the purpose of providing information to government disaster management reactors and public health students. It focuses on safety issues of nuclear energy; discusses health effects and social impacts of nuclear events; provides possible ways of terrorism prevention and risk communication to the public. In general, nuclear events and radioactive terrorism are preventable. The public health importance of prevention is to decrease potential injury and life loss, as well as maintain social stability.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bai, HengHEB40@pitt.eduHEB40
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.eduJIMMYPUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberAbad, Jorge Djabad@pitt.eduJABADUNSPECIFIED
Date: 24 April 2015
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nuclear, safety, Radioactive, terrorism
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 16:46
Last Modified: 14 May 2022 11:55


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