When I began researching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, I thought I could put together a one-or-two page story in the BULLETIN recapping the events of the seminal nuclear accident to mark its 30-year anniversary.
And then I learned about the New Safe Confinement (NSC) project. The NSC is a new chapter in the story of the infamous power plant. It is a story that is hopeful, innovative, collaborative, and global. Chernobyl’s legacy will continue long into the future once the arch is completed and work begins on the decades-long task of cleaning up the contaminated site within the secure walls of the massive dome.
For those interested in learning more about the Chernobyl disaster, the present day work to secure the site, and the long-term plan for making Chernobyl safe, I have collected a list of resources I used to research and write the story. I especially recommend the videos, as they bring to life the magnitude and awe of the massive NSC construction project. Of course, anyone can simply type “Chernobyl” into their web browser and be introduced to an endless supply of articles, photos, and commentary on the topic.
I’d like to acknowledge the following people and organizations. Their participation helped tell the fascinating story of Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement: Fred deSousa and Mac McNeil from Bechtel, Nicolas Caille and Nadia Shevchenko from Novarka, Axel Reiserer and Vince Novak from EBRD, Rob Owen from PaR Systems, and Robert Martin. Thanks to each of you for lending your time and expertise to the story.
To read the BULLETIN coverage on the New Safe Confinement, click the BULLETIN image below. You can request a copy of the print magazine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For a free subscription to the publication, click here.
World Nuclear Association, Chernobyl Accident 1986
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chernobyl: A Site Transformed
Bechtel: Chornobyl Shelter and Confinement, Ukraine
Novarka: The Chernobyl New Safe Confinement
Bouygues Construction, Chernobyl Confinement Shelter
International Atomic Energy Agency:
“Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts.”
Ten Years after Chernobyl: What do we really know?
Environmental Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident and their Remediation: Twenty Years of Experience
Nuclear Energy Institute, Chernobyl Fact Sheet
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Background on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Chernobyl NPP: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
PaR Systems: PaR Systems Ships Largest Remote Robotic Nuclear Crane to Chernobyl
World Nuclear News: Holtec delivers first ‘dry’ storage canisters to Chernobyl site
Wikipedia, Chernobyl Disaster
The Chernobyl Gallery
State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management
From Chernobyl to Oak Ridge, new Richmond manager is no stranger to dangerous cleanups
ASME: Chernobyl 25 Years Later
Chernobyl at 25th Anniversary Frequently Asked Questions April 2011