Monday, December 13, 2010
In 1986, Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded in the worst-ever disaster to arise from the nuclear power industry. It effectively froze the industry in the U.S., although American reactors were very different in design. The ruin is still dangerous: a new concrete casement, weighing 20,000 tons, is being built. But you can check the disaster out for yourself next year, when tourism begins at the reactor site. Yep, tourism. Yulia Yershova, spokeswoman for Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry, said, "There are things to see there if one follows the official route and doesn't stray away from the group." Don't sign me up.