PBS NOVA science show is on now. It is dsccussing the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine in 1986. It is worth watching. A tremendous amount of engineering as well as millions of bolts and tons of steel will be used to build an arch "sarcouphagus"to cover the failed reactor. Pieces of the steel structure will be moved over the destroyed reactor. The radiation makes everything more difficult, complex and dangerous.
A few days ago, I read a newspaper story indicating US corporation Westinghouse is bankrupt. Their reactor building business took a huge downturn after the Ukranian nuclear reactor disaster. More on this if I can find the original story. Photo and info at NY Times . I did not notice that the NYTimes article was from Apr 27, 2014. Here is a current link to NOVA info on the Chernobyl Megatomb video. The PBS site available on a ROKU stick has the video now. Also some on Extreme Weather which is good. Here is a more recent link with more information Extreme Tech Mega-Project puts Chernobyl to rest From this link is info on size of structure "Over 10,000 different people contributed to building the structure, which stands 354 feet tall and an astonishing 843 feet wide."
From several other links, " In 1986, in the heart of Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded, releasing 400 times more radiation than the Hiroshima Bomb. Hastily, a "sarcophagus" was built to contain the radioactive materials that lingered at the site after the explosion. However, 30 years later, the sarcophagus is crumbling, and another disaster at Chernobyl looms. Now, an international team of engineers is racing the clock to assemble one of the most ambitious superstructures ever built-an extraordinary 40,000 ton, $1.5 billion dome to encase the crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Battling arctic winter weather-and lethal radiation-this is the inside story of the epic race to build Chernobyl's Mega Tomb.
Also here is a link Forbes on Westinghouse Bankruptcy and Nuclear setback.
These two stories and events should cause more people to think about the benefits of wind, solar, and hydro power electrical generation.
** Stay tuned here and to NOVA----Doug Wiken