Extracting fuel from Chernobyl Unit 4 will begin no earlier than 30 years

Work to remove the fuel from the disaster of the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will begin no earlier than 30 years, First Deputy Chairman of the State Agency for Management exclusion zone Dmitry Bobrov.

"The work will begin no earlier than 30 years," — he said at a news conference on Tuesday. According to him, the main task for the ChNPP — construction of a new safe haven, and when this work is completed, it is necessary to dismount the unstable building structures under a new cover.

"This is the work that will be done in 10 years" — said the beaver.

He added that with fuel containing materials — a task more remote time. Bobro explained that the need to develop a Remote-controlled machinery, robotics and a repository for high-level agents, which, in accordance with the law, can only be in deep geological formations. According to him, this repository will create approximately 30 years.

Bobro said that over the years, should also be addressed, and issues related to the establishment of robotics, and then you can proceed to the recovery of fuel-containing materials. According to him, these works should be carried out in about 60 years.

Bobro noted that it was based on these approaches and a new shelter for approximately 100 years of operation.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych signed a law "On the management of spent nuclear fuel for the siting, design and construction of a central repository for spent nuclear fuel of Russian VVER nuclear power plants." The document states that the central repository for spent nuclear fuel from VVER Ukrainian nuclear power plant is part of a single complex for spent nuclear fuel State Specialized Enterprise "Chernobyl NPP".

By law, the central repository is located at the site, located between the villages of Old Krasnitsa, Buryakovka, Chistogalivka Stechanka and the Kiev region in the exclusion zone areas exposed to radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl disaster.

The fourth reactor Chernobyl exploded April 26, 1986. The total area of radioactive contamination in Ukraine amounted to 50,000 square kilometers in the 12 areas. Radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl disaster affected 19 Russian regions with the territory of nearly 60,000 square kilometers and a population of 2.6 million, and 46.5 thousand square kilometers in Belarus (23% of total area).

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