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Ukraine to shut one Chernobyl reactor next month
October 28, 1996
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT)
KIEV, Ukraine (CNN) -- Ukraine said Monday it would shut down
one of two reactors still producing electricity at the
Chernobyl nuclear plant on November 30, a timetable that
reverses an earlier prediction but falls in line with a
previous financial arrangement with the West.
Two weeks ago, Environment and Nuclear Safety Minister Yuri
Kostenko said stopping Reactor One as planned could make the
plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident, more
prone to problems. The reason for his reversal was not
Chernobyl's fourth reactor exploded in 1986, sending a
radioactive cloud across much of Europe. It is now encased in
a cracking concrete "sarcophagus." A second reactor was
closed after a fire in 1991. The two remaining reactors
supply some 5 percent of Ukraine's electricity. Ukraine has
agreed to close the plant by 2000 in return for $3 billion in
grants and funding from the Group of Seven leading
Reuters contributed to this report.
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