Removing the ventilation stack
The 31st October 2013 has seen the start of the dismantling of the ventilation stacks from the third and fourth unit at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine. The removal of these stacks is part of the NSC (New Safe Confinement) and ultimately is part of the project to make the site safer, but this project is not without risk. These ventilation stacks are some of the most radioactive parts of the building’s outer shell and the authorities have to ensure that the stacks do not exceed permissible radiation limits.
After commencing the dismantling of the first stack on 31st October 2013, it’s already planned that the completion will take until 10th December 2013. With this first stack weighing in at 33 tons and the total weight of all 7 stacks to be estimated at 330 tons, this just indicates that this project is no lightweight.
Upon completion of the sarcophagus in 1986, three men climbed to the top of the stack and hung up a Soviet flag, as a symbol of victory over the atom. For many people this ventilation stack is a symbol of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and of the accident which occured here. The question is, will anybody be sad to see it go?