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Highway P56Chernobyl Reactor 4Pripyat, UkraineOctober 7
, 2007Mr. Jason WestPresident, Game Director, co-CCO, CTO, Infinity Ward15821 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 220Encino, California 91436Dear Mr. West,I’m very happy to hear about your upcoming title, Call of Duty 4, and I’m excited that yourequested my input on your in-game representation of the lovely city which I inhabit, Pripyat, Ukraine. Ihaven’t been getting very much contact with others since all of my neighbours disappeared one day around1986, so every letter I receive is greatly treasured.902. Peer review is vitally important to the scientific process, and helps assure the accurate use of data.The products of science are useless they are based on sound science/good science. Sound science has beendetermined to be science that is peer reviewed. The Chernobyl disaster, for example, could have beenavoided with greater uses of peer review. If other professionals in the same field had checked out the safety procedures, they could have pointed out that they were flawed. If the scientists had pooled their knowledge,the safety procedures would have been more refined. The use of peer review did end up increasing as aresult of the accident, with nuclear scientists more often checking one anothers’ work.906. The Chernobyl power plant was built through the power of, and to create various resources. Theacquisition of these resources grew proportionally with technological developments. Both of these,however, came at the cost of the health of the ecosystem. By normal operation of nuclear power plants,there is less pollution that standard power plants, creating no smoke, greenhouse gasses, or soot. However,small mistakes can cause bigger damage in the end.The urban areas around Chernobyl, such as Pripyat, became highly contaminated and wereevacuated immediately after the accident. Wind, rain, and traffic have mostly decreased the radiation, butsecondary contamination of the sewage then occurred. Direct deposition of radioactive iodine led tocontamination of agricultural areas around the city. Food products in nearby cities still contain high levelsof caesium- 137. Plants and animals within 30 km started mutating, anomalies in which are still observedtoday. Paradoxically, however, the Zone of Alienation has become sort of a sanctuary for biodiversity,allowing certain species to live by keeping away human interference. Additionally, surrounding of bodiesof water were initially contaminated, but are mostly safe today.901. The scientists and workers of Chernobyl were able to learn from their mistakes with the disaster.The importance of strict compliance with basic technical safety principles for nuclear power plants, as wellas the quality of the principles themselves was stressed after the accident. The cost of ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities is significantly lower than that of dealing with the consequences of the accident. The scaleof the material losses and the financial cost of dealing with the disaster provides compelling evidence of theextremely high price of errors and shortcomings when ensuring the safety of nuclear power plants. Thedesign of power plants in the future, in addition to the quality of the safety procedures will be higher as aresult of lessons learned from the Chernobyl disaster.While your game does represent my city rather beautifully, I noticed some inconsistencies. Therewas no representation of the red forests dyed by radiation. The town pool, Ferris wheel, and bumper carsare far too close to one another, when in reality, they are a few kilometers apart. Your render of theChernobyl reactor itself was a little bare. I do like what you managed to do with the main town square of Pripyat.Overall, I think a few more edits should get your final product ready for sale. I wish you a

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