Ukraine greenlights Chernobyl spent fuel facility

The project is designed to provide safe storage for more than 21,000 spent fuel assemblies of Chernobyl reactors

Chernobyl: 35 years after the ‘worst nuclear disaster’ in history

Three and a half decades after the Chernobyl meltdown officials seek to make it an UNESCO World Heritage site

Could these new materials help clean-up Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear plants?

UK engineers worked with scientists in Ukraine to develop the materials that can simulate those obstructing decommissioning efforts at the nuclear disaster sites

Chernobyl drone
Radiation-mapping drones identify new hotspots at Chernobyl

Researchers say the drones provide the capability to monitor radioactive sites and respond to nuclear incidents without exposing humans to risk

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 […]