Confinement Structure For Chernobyl Plant Under Construction To Reduce Nuclear Risk

Category: World / Nov 27, 2012 3:51PM EDT
The New Confinement Structure (NSC) for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is currently under construction in northern Ukraine - a project which is hoped to reduce the risk of further nuclear contamination for countries surrounding the Chernobyl disaster site. The structure, currently an arching spiderweb of red steel beams is being constructed on site just 250 meters away from the highly radioactive No.4 reactor. When it is completed, it will be slid into place, engulfing the reactor building. After Chernobyl's No. 4 reactor exploded on April 26, 1986, a "sarcophagus" was built over a period of six months as a temporary measure to stop radiation from spreading, with workers often putting their life at risk to complete it. The new structure is expected to help stop the spread of any further nuclear contamination for the next century. The structure, which is funded through contributions by over 40 donor nations, is expected to be completed in 2015.