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Cash for Chernobyl Found

May 1, 2012

A donors conference looking to raise 740 million euros to construct a long-term shell to cover the Chernobyl nuclear reactor has fallen short of its target.
Around 550 million euros have been raised at the conference in Kiev, but officials are confident that money will be found to make the site environmentally secure.
Japan, a top donor in the past, announced that following its problems at home after the earthquake/tsunami and subsequent difficulties at the Fukushima nuclear plant they would not be pledging money.

Uploaded by Euronews on 20 apr 2011

*New tomb for ghost of Chernobyl

On Thursday April 26, the 26th anniversary of an explosion and start of a meltdown at Chernobyl’s reactor unit 4, construction began on a 24,000-tonne steel structure to replace the patchwork shell that today covers the remains of the destroyed reactor.

The new seven-layer cladding, 20 metres thick at some places, includes a positive-pressure void designed to keep radioactive dust from escaping.

The cladding is to come from Turkey; the 600,000 bolts from Italy; and the workers from Lebanon, Syria, Ireland, India, the Philippines and farther afield.

By the time of its scheduled completion in November 2015, when it will be rolled like a railway car over the old reactor sarcophagus, the structure will be as heavy as three Eiffel Towers and roomy enough to contain a stadium or a Statue of Liberty. The total cost for the project is estimated at €1.2 billion (Dh5.84bn).

By April Yee

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