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First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Waste & Recycling 19 November 2020


EBRD concludes Chernobyl Shelter Fund after almost 24 years

EBRD concludes Chernobyl Shelter Fund after almost 24 years

The Chernobyl Shelter Fund has officially been completed after receiving non-objection for closure by the assembly of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The London-headquartered bank set up the CSF in 1997 to assist Ukraine in making the site of the temporary shelter over Chernobyl's destroyed reactor 4 stable and environmentally safe. The New Safe Confinement also aims to create the conditions for the eventual dismantling and decommissioning of the contaminated structure.

Regulation & Safety 22 October 2020


IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

The International Atomic Energy Agency has provided Belarus with a mobile laboratory for assessing radiological threats associated with forest fires in the Polessie State Radio-Ecological Reserve, adjacent to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Recent fires in the exclusion zone did not lead to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles.

Regulation & Safety 28 May 2020


Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

The recent fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have not led to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on 24 April. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has regularly provided information on the fires through the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies.

Regulation & Safety 27 April 2020


Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine needs a "few more days" to extinguish the smouldering remnants of a fire "in and around" the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the head of organisation, Mykola Chechotkin, told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a daily conference call today. According to a statement from the President's Office, Zelenskyy has been receiving daily updates on the situation.

Energy & Environment 14 April 2020


Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

A forest fire on the western tip of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has not affected background radiation levels, state authorities said today.

Energy & Environment 06 April 2020


Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers at the UK's University of Sheffield have developed materials that they say could be used to help decommission the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants. In the new research published today, they report their development of small batches of low radioactivity materials that can be used to simulate lava-like fuel containing materials. LFCMs are a mixture of highly radioactive molten nuclear fuel and building materials that fuse together during a nuclear meltdown.

Regulation & Safety 30 January 2020


Contract for early Chernobyl dismantling work signed

Contract for early Chernobyl dismantling work signed

A contract has been signed between SSE Chernobyl NPP and construction company Ukrbudmontazh for the creation of infrastructure for the early dismantling of the Shelter Object. This structure, widely known as the 'sarcophagus', was hastily constructed over the remains of the destroyed reactor of unit 4 in the weeks after the 1986 accident.

Waste & Recycling 05 August 2019


Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree that sets out plans to develop the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a site for tourism, including new walking trails and enhanced mobile phone reception.

Energy & Environment 12 July 2019


Keys to Chernobyl shielding passed to Ukraine

Keys to Chernobyl shielding passed to Ukraine

The keys for the New Safe Confinement shielding unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant were symbolically presented to the Ukrainian authorities yesterday, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced.

Waste & Recycling 11 July 2019