They are still cleaning up Chernobyl?

In Polytricks on November 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

News that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is spending $2 billion to fund a huge dome over Chernobyl nuclear plant caught my eye.  So I guess the present cement sarcophagus is still leaking dangerous amounts of radiation and the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is only 60 miles down the road.  This new “new safe confinement” structure was supposed to put in place 9 years ago.  Now its due to be completed in 3 years time.

After the 1986 explosion at reactor four, the remaining three reactors at the power plant continued to operate. In 1991, reactor two suffered a major fire, and was subsequently decommissioned! (never heard about that), then  in 1996, reactor one was shut down, followed by reactor three in 2000.  How could they safely operate their nuclear reactors inside the 2,400 sq km Chernobyl Exclusion Zone?

To me this just shows that the costs and risks of nuclear energy are just way to high.  Its clear that all the assurances given by governments and the nuclear industry are just hot air.  Mikhail Gorbachev  said that Russia spent $18 billion on containment and decontamination.  I notice that ‘foreign donors’ are funding the latest push to cap the leaking radiation.  I would say that they need to build a lot of these domes at Fukushima, how long is that gonna take?  A 2007 Russian study published by the New York Academy of Sciences claimed 985,000 ‘premature’ deaths due to Chernobyl disaster….

  1. Good piece, Fin.

  2. thanks for reading my blog man.. ;o)

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