Steel Coffin for Chernobyl

More than 20 years after the disastrous meltdown, formal plans to encase and dismantle Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor have begun. Announced … Continued

A general view of the sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl

A general view of the sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

More than 20 years after the disastrous meltdown, formal plans to encase and dismantle Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor have begun. Announced yesterday by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, the project calls for a $1.4 billion steel covering to be constructed over the next five years. Currently, the reactor is surrounded by the dilapidated and ineffective concrete encasement erected shortly after the accident—the replacement will be built just a short distance away and then slid over the entire structure. Some 95 percent of the reactor’s original nuclear material remains.—Abby Seiff

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