The UK has joined international partners in contributing to a fund to ensure the permanent safety of the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
This came as delegations from around the world gathered in Kiev to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s most severe nuclear disaster. As part of the G8’s commitment to the safety and stabilization of the Chernobyl site, the UK has made contributions totalling GBP28.5m ($46.4m) to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)-managed international funds.
This contribution, which is in addition to UK contributions in previous pledging rounds of over EUR81m ($116m), will go towards the construction of a 257 metres-wide and 105 metres-high steel arch over the damaged Reactor 4 and a facility to safely and securely store the spent nuclear fuel from Reactors 1–3.
The funds will help convert the site of the 1986 accident and the increasingly unstable sarcophagus over the damaged Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant into a safe and secure condition, preventing the further release of radioactive material into the environment.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “The funding we are pledging today will go some way to international efforts to ensure the permanent safety and stability of the Chernobyl site, to prevent it from posing any further hazard to health and the environment.”
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