Chernobyl workers evacuated from site — Roof collapse was 50 meters from reactor’s sarcophagus — Soundness inspection underway (PHOTOS)

Published: February 13th, 2013 at 6:06 pm ET
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Title: Chernobyl radiation unaffected after heavy snow causes partial roof collapse, Ukrainian officials say
Source: AP
Date: February 13, 2013

[...] Chernobyl plant spokeswoman Maya Rudenko [...] said the affected area is about 50 meters (165 feet) away from the “sarcophagus,” a shelter built shortly after the 1986 disaster to contain radiation emanating from the exploded reactor. Rudenko said the radiation levels were normal and there was no danger to the public. [...]

“Even if the radiation level has not changed, it’s still an alarming signal,” Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program at Greenpeace Russia, said, according to the Interfax news agency. “If the panels in the turbine hall have collapsed, then in principle there is no guarantee that the sarcophagus, built in 1986, will not start falling apart in the near future.” [...]

Title: Vinci, Bouygues Evacuate Chernobyl Crew After Roof Collapse
Source: Dow Jones Newswires
Author: Inti Landauro
Date: February 13, 2013

French construction companies Vinci SA (DG.FR) and Bouygues SA (EN.FR) evacuated 80 workers from the site of the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant as a precaution after a section of roof collapsed under the weight of snow. [...]

The workers were tested for exposure to radiation, Bouygues said. “The company is also measuring contamination on surfaces and so far these are within allowed limits.”

The Ukrainian utility in charge of the plant is checking the rest of the structure to see if it is sound before authorizing work to resume. [...]

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