'Chernobyl Solution' for Fukushima is no solutionSubmitted by SteveMT on Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:04
April 26, 1986: A reactor meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear station spread radiation across Europe and thought to have killed more than 4,000 people while bringing the core of the runaway nuclear reactor under control. This 25 year old disaster is still not over neither for the Ukraine nor for the people who worked there.
'Chernobyl Solution' Could Be Last Resort for Japan Reactors
Published: Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 8:41 AM ET
A "Chernobyl solution" may be the last resort for dealing with Japan's stricken nuclear plant, but burying it in sand and concrete is a messy fix that might leave part of the country as an off-limits radioactive sore for decades.
Japanese authorities say it is still too early to talk about long-term measures while cooling the plant's six reactors and associated fuel-storage pools, comes first.
"It's just not that easy," Murray Jennex, a professor at San Diego State University in California, said when asked about the so-called Chernobyl option for dealing with damaged reactors, named after the Ukrainian nuclear plant that exploded in 1986.
Ukraine's Chernobyl cleanup workers protest planned benefit cuts
Mar 17, 2011, 15:26 GMT
Kiev - Hundreds of Ukrainians involved in the cleanup of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster on Wednesday protested the government's plans to cut to their social benefits.
More than 800 demonstrators gathered in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building in the Ukrainian capital Kiev to show their opposition to reductions or outright elimination of their benefits.
Some 700,000 people involved in the cleanup have the status of 'liquidator,' which gives them maximum monthly benefits equivalent to 250 dollars.
The government has proposed cutting the number of people with liquidator status by between one-third and one-half.
Chernobyl shows Japan the difficult task ahead
25 years after Russia's disaster, experts are still working to entomb the deadly reactor that still releases radioactivity
By Bill Plante
March 18, 2011
A more permanent solution to entomb the Chernobyl reactor has been planned for years. It's a massive steel dome, taller than the Statue of Liberty and wider than the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Construction would take place at a distance because of the radiation, and then rolled into place section by section over the still deadly reactor.
But the dome hasn't yet begun to take shape. The U.S. and the European Union are still struggling to raise the $2 billion it will cost.
That still unfinished containment dome at Chernobyl is only projected to last 100 years. And Chernobyl, like the Japanese plant at Fukushima, will remain radioactive -- and deadly -- for thousands of years.
Chernobyl Today (52 pics)