Ukraine to put Chernobyl's new protective cover into operation this fallChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 3, 2019
A new protective cover over the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor No.4 will be put into operation this fall, the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency reported, citing a senior official.
Europe Protective cover over the destroyed Chernobyl
Shortly after the accident, the destroyed reactor was covered with a protective Shelter, which prevented the leakage of the radiation from the unit for decades. In November 2016, the New Safe Confinement, or the so-called Arch, was erected over the reactor to replace Shelter.
Vitaly Petruk, the head of the state agency on Chernobyl exclusion zone management, told reporters that the erection of the Arch would allow dismantling unstable structures of the Shelter facility.
In the future, it would enable extracting fuel masses from the facility, Petruk added.
After being put into operation, the Arch will protect the environment from radiation spewing from the unit in the next century. ■