25 Apr '11, 10am

Chernobyl's new sarcophagus

On April 26, it will be 25 years since the level 7 accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine - and a quarter of a century on, the accident isn't over yet. Cheap electricity isn't so cheap after all. The initial accident was only the beginning of Chernobyl's legacy. A huge area around Chernobyl remains off limits for human habitation and will continue to be for many years to come. In some parts of Britain, farming activities are still affected by Chernobyl's initial fallout and new threats from the reactor continue to hang heavy over Europe. The structure initially hastily erected to contain the reactor has been deteriorating for years and a new structure is urgently needed. A new sarcophagus being constructed to contain the reactor for the next 100 years is of incredible proportions. The containment will cost around 2.3 billion dollars to construct. Called t...

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