Giant dome set to keep Chernobyl safe

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CHERNOBYL, Ukraine: The world’s largest metal moveable structure will be unveiled Tuesday over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor in Ukraine to ensure the safety of future generations across Europe. The giant arch – nearly as long as two football pitches and taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty – will edge into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets constructed in haste when disaster struck three decades ago on April 26. Radioactive fallout from the site of the world’s worst civil nuclear accident contaminated Ukraine and spread across three-quarters of Europe. Concerns over the safety of the disintegrating concrete shelter – built by 90,000 people in just 206 days – prompted the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to spearhead a 2.1-billion-euro ($2.2 billion) project to install a new safety dome.

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