Giant safety shield begins sliding over Chernobyl

A picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement (R). A giant arch shielding radioactive waste created by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster began sliding into place Monday with a mission of keeping the site safe for generations to come. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) -- the highly technical project's main sponsor -- is planning to complete the installation price on November 29 at a cost of 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion dollars). / AFP / Genya Savilov (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement.

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/11/15/13/42/giant-safety-shield-begins-sliding-over-chernobyl

A giant arch shielding radioactive waste from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster has begun sliding into place with a mission of keeping the site safe for generations to come.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – the project’s main sponsor – is planning to complete the installation on November 29 at a total cost of $2.1 billion.

The arch will eventually cover what remains of Reactor Number 4 which exploded on October 26, 1986 during a safety check that went horribly wrong.

At least 30 people were killed on the site of the accident in Ukraine, at the time a Soviet republic.

The world’s worst man-made disaster left thousands dead or dying of radiation poisoning over large swathes of the western part of the former Soviet Union.

The accident remained hidden from the world by the Kremlin authorities for weeks.

The specially designed shield will prevent radioactive material from leaking out of the site and into the local water table.

The ill-fated reactor is currently being protected by a concrete dome that was hastily built by Soviet rescue workers and is in danger of leaking nuclear waste.

The EBRD called the construction and sliding of the arch “one of the most ambitious projects in the history of engineering”.

“The start of the sliding of the arch over Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is the beginning of the end of a 30-year long fight with the consequences of the 1986 accident,” Ukraine’s Environment Minister Ostap Semerak said.

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“The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – the project’s main sponsor – is planning to complete the installation on November 29 at a total cost of $2.1 billion.”

but who is really paying?

“The EBRD called the construction and sliding of the arch “one of the most ambitious projects in the history of engineering”

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~ by seeker401 on November 16, 2016.

3 Responses to “Giant safety shield begins sliding over Chernobyl”

  1. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  2. About time, too.
    The concrete they originally buried the reactor in is turning into sponge…

  3. Giant arch blocking Chernobyl radiation nearly in place

    http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/11/29/05/55/giant-arch-blocking-chernobyl-radiation-nearly-in-place#XlHtUW1BXRh0mjP9.99

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