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by Hannah Leitheiser


#chernobyl #blame

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

Serhii Plokhy




"The court ruled that Viktor Bryukhanov and his subordinates were guilty because they had not ensured that the power station personel had ensured technological discipline. Moreover they themselves systematically violated official instructions and ignored the directions of supervisory organs." - Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018)

Everywhere I've worked there has been a canon of official rules, and then how things are actually done. If you were pugnacious about following the rules, you can expect to be eventually ousted as a troublemaker. And this margin allows that peons can nearly always be punished when something goes wrong. That is basically the system of the world, and nuclear power is apparently no outlier.

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