Giant arch to block radiation from Chernobyl site

The world’s largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. Big enough to house Notre Dame and longer than two 747 jumbo jets, the €1.5 billion (£1.3bn) New Safe Confinement is expected to safeguard the radioactive reactor building and tonnes of nuclear fuel still inside for at least a century. […]

Chernobyl wasteland could go solar

The Chernobyl exclusion zone could be turned into the world’s largest solar farm. According to the Ukrainian government, the cheap, uninhabited space surrounding the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown is well suited to such a project. Ukraine’s Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ostap Semerak, said: “The Chernobyl site has really good potential […]

EU pledges €20m for Chernobyl nuclear safety

The European Commission has pledged to contribute around €20 million (£15.5m) for nuclear safety at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It will be added to the Nuclear Safety Account fund as part of the €45 million (£34.9m) expected from G7 nations and the Commission in addition to existing support. The fund, set up in 1993 […]

EU pledges €70m for Chernobyl nuclear safety

The European Commission has pledged €70 million (£50m) to help the Chernobyl site in Ukraine return to a safe environment. President Jean-Claude Juncker made the announcement at the EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev yesterday. The funding amounts to around €360 million (£257m) which has already been provided for the completion of a number of projects, including […]

Extra €350m for Chernobyl nuclear safety project

An additional €350 million (£275m) grant has been approved for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant safety project. The extra cash will be used to complete the construction of a new shell on the damaged Chernobyl site, converting it into a safe and environmentally secure facility, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said. The […]

Chernobyl “landmark” as safety hood in place

Work on a huge shelter to contain the radioactivity at the site of the deadly Chernobyl nuclear disaster passed a “landmark” moment on Friday. Effectively the New Safe Confinement NSC is a tough shell around the remains of the nuclear reactor in Ukraine which was destroyed in 1986. It took a full day to successfully […]

Workers evacuated as Chernobyl roof collapses

Around 80 workers at the nuclear power plant Chernobyl (pictured) in Ukraine were evacuated when part of a roof collapsed earlier this week. Work is underway to build a huge new cover for the reactor around the existing shelter known as the “sarcophagus” which currently contains the radiation. Ukrainian officials tried to quell fears that […]

Public ‘find it hard to trust government on nuclear’ say MPs

The public don’t fully trust the government when it comes to nuclear power and shale gas. That’s according to MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee who have concluded the public don’t see the Government as an “impartial” source of information about risks linked to the energy sources. The MPs suggest the UK Government’s […]

Chernobyl still serves as warning against nuclear power

The shocking legacy of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl is still with us today. 26 years ago today the nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (pictured) exploded releasing radioactive material into the air. Due to atmospheric conditions it later contaminated areas of nearby Russia, Belarus and Moldova. Since the nuclear accident thousands of people have suffered […]

Chief scientific adviser outlines Fukushima worst scenario

The UK government’s chief scientific adviser John Beddington today outlined the worst case scenario in Fukushima following a third explosion at the nuclear plant this morning. Professor Beddington said that a containment vessel around the reactor that exploded this morning may be ruptured, which would mean the temperature could not be controlled. “At that stage… […]