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Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux 121

Lasrick (2629253) writes "With the news that a multinational consortium is to the halfway point in constructing a huge stainless steel hangar that will sit over the ruined site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Dan Drollette looks in the archives of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and compares notes on the sarcophagus that was built 25 years ago, and the one that is being built now. 'No one really knows what went into the "concrete cube;" even the amount of concrete claimed to have been used is suspect, as it would form a volume larger than the sarcophagus, wrote nuclear engineer and author Alexander R. Sich in his 11-page article, "Truth was an early casualty."' Let's hope this new sarcophagus lasts longer."
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Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @06:44PM (#46923581)

    "Truth was an early casualty."

    That's a great line.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @06:56PM (#46923673)

    If by taking responsibility you mean reburying the highly radioactive blob and unspent fuel which will continue to work its way to their water table...then yes they are.

    A true example for the rest of the world.

    The truth is we can't adequately cope with runaway reactions of any scale. The best we can do is try to keep the scale small which doesn't produce enough power to be useful. We also don't have a solid plan on what to do with the waste products besides weapons proliferation.[lots of ideas, no solid plans]

    Nuclear energy is clearly something we are all bad at.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @07:09PM (#46923747)

    Yes. Clearly. That's why they are. Fuckwit.

  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Monday May 05, 2014 @07:30PM (#46923855) Journal
    It can't hurt and it might help.

    On a positive note, deeds such as this involving international assistance reinforce my retarded optimism that humanity might rise above tribalism into something astonishing.

  • by Tailhook ( 98486 ) on Monday May 05, 2014 @07:49PM (#46923995)

    but they are taking responsibility for the mess

    The EU is paying for the new shelter, not Russia or Ukraine. The construction of the old shelter/sarcophagus is a lie. They're still running about 10 of these RMBKs in Russia proper.

    And somehow, in your mind, this qualifies as "taking responsibility."

    turn the tide of popular opinion

    The problem of popular opinion about nuclear is a symptom of cheap fossil fuels. Give people a little energy scarcity and they'll warm right up to nuclear. Until then they'll indulge the the nuclear hysteria they've been trained with.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @05:04AM (#46926591)

    Three full core melt-throughs are sitting in sandstone, leaching to the pacific/atmosphere without any control or sarcophagus at all, since march 2011.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.