Capping The Reactor

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Chernobyl: finally hermetically sealed after three decades.

The European Bank For Reconstruction and Development sez:

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the radioactive remains of the power plant’s destroyed reactor 4 have been safely enclosed following one of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects. Chernobyl’s giant New Safe Confinement (NSC) was moved over a distance of 327 metres from its assembly point to its final resting place, completely enclosing a previous makeshift shelter that was hastily assembled immediately after the 1986 accident.

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15 thoughts on “Capping The Reactor

  1. brownbull

    this is one of the many examples as to why the EU is great and we would all be fecked without it

    1. Mickey Twopints

      Ja, cep’n it’s the EBRD what dunnit, not the EU. Many of the shareholders are not European countries.

          1. Tony

            Ah now Mickey there’s no need to be rude.

            I just wondered what point you were making. Does the bank have a misleading name or do you think there’s something sinister about the non EU shareholders or what?

  2. Mickey Twopints

    I’m curious as to how many ‘sheet readers remember this incident and what their recollections are. I clearly remember watching the TV news that evening after work as the newsreader told us that we were covered in a blanket of nuclear fallout. One of the few times in my life that I’ve experienced a cold shiver run down my spine. I remember watching in awe, respect, and dread as the firefighters & soldiers worked to put out the blaze even though they must have known that by doing so they were dead men walking.

    1. scottser

      i remember reports of radiation levels in the wicklow mountains had reached ‘unprecedented’ levels and the country went ape. some of those isotopes are going to be around for a few hundred years at least.
      i heard a report that the area is now thriving with wildlife because of absence of humans, which is nice.

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